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  • Clementine (Audio player)
  • Banshee (audio player)
  • VLC (multi-media)
  • xbmc – Xbox Media Centre
  • Netflx
  • Spotify
  • Brasero (CD/Disk Burner)

Your elementary OS installation has out of the box applications to manage and play your music videos or movie collections. These applications comply with the elementary OS philosophy being minimal by design, fast and clean. They do what you expect with no fancy extras. Try them out and if the do not meet your needs here are some popular alternatives you can consider along with some of the more advanced options for playing your media.  Some of the tutorials here require you adding of a PPA.  Before adding any PPA to your elementary installation elementarynow recommend you first read Using and Understanding Software Repositories and PPAs


alternative music players

I am a music lover and an average computer user and I cannot find much difference between the popular music players clementine and banshee. They share many of the same features so the choice you make will be subjective. Both…

  • search and play your local music library.
  • lyrics and artist biographies and photos.
  • edit tags on mp3 and ogg files, organise your music.
  • download missing album cover art
  • create smart playlists and dynamic playlists.

install clementine

open the Terminal [CTRL]-[ALT]-[T] and paste the following then hit enter
 sudo apt-get install clementine

install banshee

open the Terminal [CTRL]-[ALT]-[T] and paste the following then hit enter
 sudo apt-get install banshee

alternative movie/video player

VLC media player is a very popular multimedia player capable of reading most audio and video formats as well as dvds, audio cds vcds, and various streaming protocols.

open the Terminal [CTRL]-[ALT]-[T] and paste the follow lines (one at a time) then hit enter
sudo apt-get install vlc


xbmc – xbox media center

xbmc_logo_smlXBMC is the ultimate media center software, because it gives you a single interface for accessing all of your media and it does so using a remote-friendly interface, You can browse your digital collection of music and videos, explore some of the most popular media sites on the web or check out live Internet TV from around the world. Set up properly, XBMC can do just about anything you’d want your TV to be able to do online.

here is a great guide to xbmc

to install xbmc open the Terminal [CTRL]-[ALT]-[T] and paste the follow lines (one at a time) then hit enter
sudo apt-get install xbmc


netflix

NETFLIX1Netflix is the world’s largest online movie rental service, with more than 10 million subscribers. Netflix provides subscribers with DVDs delivered to their homes and movies and TV episodes streamed to TVs and computers.

to install open the Terminal [CTRL]-[ALT]-[T] and paste the follow lines (one at a time) then hit enter
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop


spotify

screen shot 2013-03-27 at 2.48.18 pmSpotify is a commercial music streaming service providing Digital Rights Management-protected content from record labels including Sony, EMI, Warner Music Group and Universal. Launched in October 2008 in Sweden it now has millions of users.

 

to install spotify open the Terminal [CTRL]-[ALT]-[T] and paste the follow lines (one at a time) then hit enter
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 94558F59
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list'
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install spotify-client-qt

cd/dvd burner

brasero is a application to burn cd/dvds for the elementary desktop. It is designed to be as simple as possible and has some unique features to enable users to create their discs easily and quickly.

open the Terminal [CTRL]-[ALT]-[T] and paste the following then hit enter
sudo apt-get install brasero

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