I like WinAmp, I'm used to WinAmp. I'm not saying every single aspect of it is wonderful, but it's gotten enough right to keep me a loyal user.

Now, QMMP - at least on my GNU/Linux Mint 18.3 - has (at least) three annoying bugs/misfeatures:

  • Poor/no support for Unicode in filenames
  • Trouble with minimization/maximization, where only one of the several panes will become visible again, and it's hella difficult to make the others reappear.
  • Lacking higher-resolution skins

So I'm looking for another player. Requirements:

  • WinAmp-like
  • Gratis and libre
  • Actively maintained
  • Doesn't exhibit glaring bugs


  • Multi-file tagging / tag editing capability
  • Ability to rename files by tags and patterns
  • Ability to fix invalid charset use in meta-data fields (essentially applying tr or a regexp to various fields in many files)
  • Different erfrom QMMP/WinAmp in non-intrusive/interesting ways I might appreciate despite my "conservatism"


  • Trying to be general-purpose media player

PS - If you were to tell me QMMP's trunk is better than what I have installed - I'll take that as one of the possible answers.

  • Did you try Amarok and Clementine? They're the best as far as I know.
    – onurcano
    Commented Mar 6, 2018 at 18:44
  • @onurcano22: Amarok is really not like WinAmp. Clementine - I remember hearing about it.
    – einpoklum
    Commented Mar 6, 2018 at 18:48
  • What's wrong with VLC? That said, you might want to look at xmms - it was modeled on WinAmp. Dunno if it really whips a llama's butt though...
    – ivanivan
    Commented Jun 6, 2018 at 13:11
  • @ivanivan: There's nothing wrong with it, it's just not like WinAmp.
    – einpoklum
    Commented Jun 6, 2018 at 13:17

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Audacious is a relatively simple, lightweight audio player - similar in function to WinAmp 2.x. It supports, as an option, using a WinAmp-like skinnable interface:

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You can read about it on Wikipedia as well.

It uses the FreeBSD license ("2-clause BSD license"). Hopefully no glaring bugs, and latest release (at the time of writing) in August 2017, so reasonably-actively maintained.

  • Audacious isn't an equivalent to Winamp.
    – onurcano
    Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 13:16
  • @onurcano22: It's not an equivalent, but its UI is WinAmp-like. But you're very welcome to edit my answer and list some aspects of difference from WinAmp which you think are significant.
    – einpoklum
    Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 15:20

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