Audacious is a free and open-source audio player that includes standard and advanced settings for all user levels. It offers support for many popular file types, including MP3, WAV, FLAC and WMA.
Installation is not necessary, as all you have to do is extract the program files to a custom location on the hard disk and run the executable directly.
It is also possible to save Audacious to a USB flash disk or similar storage unit, in order to run it on any machine effortlessly, without prior installers.
An important aspect to take into account is that Windows Registry does not get new updates, and files are not left behind on the HDD after program removal.
The interface is made from a common window with a clean structure, where you can add files to the list using the file browser or drag-and-drop support. It is also possible to import URLs, such as online radio station addresses.
Basic audio player controls include pause and stop, volume adjustment, repeat and shuffle modes. You can navigate back and forth within the stream by moving a slider, view and edit metadata, queue and unqueue songs, play audio CDs, jump to a particular song or position in a song, as well as remove duplicates and unavailable files from the list.
Other options of Audacious let you create, save and manage playlists, manage the queue, set repeat points, import a music library and search it, specify the bit depth and buffer size, enable replay gain, adjust the amplification level, use proxies, manage plugins, and so on.
The application uses low-to-moderate CPU and RAM, so it shouldn’t put a strain on computer performance. It has a good response time and works well. However, Audacious crashed every time we imported files of unsupported formats.
All in all, this is a resourceful audio player that includes advanced, yet intuitive options, which can be implemented into software applications by developers for free.
Audacious is a descendant of XMMS and plays your music how you want it, without stealing away your computer’s resources from other tasks.
Drag and drop folders and individual song files, search for artists and albums in your entire music library, or create and edit your own custom playlists. Listen to CD’s or stream music from the Internet. Tweak the sound with the graphical equalizer or experiment with LADSPA effects.
Enjoy the modern GTK-themed interface or change things up with Winamp classic skins. Use the plugins included with Audacious to fetch lyrics for your music, to set an alarm in the morning, to name just a few.
- This minor update fixes bugs #364 and #371, and includes updated translations.