There are wide variety of audio players available for Linux and you may have your favorite one installed on your system. aTunes is not new audio player but its initial release was way back in 2006 and the most recent version was released in June, 2014. In almost two years there is no news on the website or release from developers, well it is open-source released under GPL-V2 license and we don't see any other to carry on the development of this great application. It is written in Java programming language and it's cross-platform available for Linux, Unix, Windows and Mac. It uses Mplayer as its playback engine and supports wide variety of known formats such as: MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, WMA and other formats.

It allows user to rip tracks from audio CDs (for Linux it needs extra packages (cdparanoia, cdda2wav, icedax) or optional encoders (oggenc, lame, flac). Organizing audio collection is fairly easy and it is able to handle thousands of tracks as well as large playlists. A filtering option can be used to look for particular albums, artists or genres. Drag-and-Drop feature also comes in handy when you want to add something to your current playlist or play something.
Further more it can edit tags in a separate window MP3, OGG, FLAC, WMA, ra, rm; and it shows the picture included in ID3v2 tags. aTunes runs on any platform with a Java 6 or higher compatible Runtime Enviroment. Additionally users can play online radio stations, podcasts.
Interface is customizable, you can change the layout, use system theme for the player or use substance theme and there are plenty of them are built-in. Notifications are enabled by default but can be disabled or customized as per your needs, and show icon in the tray feature is also comes in handy.





  • Tray icon to quick access.
  • Notifications support.
  • Equalizer with presets.
  • Full screen mode.
  • Extended search functionality.
  • Large library and playlists support.
  • Support for optional FAAC encoder.
  • Support for CDParanoia (limited functionality).
  • Standard view with all controls and features.
  • Theme support, many themes available for substance.
  • Player engine: mplayer for all environments, xine for Linux systems.
  • Subscribe your favorite podcast feeds and listen them in aTunes.
  • Download podcast feed entries to your hard disk.
  • Lyrics information: when a song is being played, automatically aTunes shows lyrics.
  • Tracks, albums or artists can be selected as favorites.
  • Multi window view. Every window element (navigator, playlist, context information) is shown as a separate window.
  • aTunes includes a cd ripper tool, using cdda2wav, lame, flac and oggenc.
  • Favorite elements are shown in the "Favorites" tab in Navigator
  • Connect your portable player or anything that could be mounted as a file system, and view in aTunes, copy to repository, synchronize, etc.
  • Support for huge playlist, with thousand of songs
  • Support for multiple playlists at the same time
  • Shows multiple columns: title, artist, album, genre, length, track number…
  • Full Drag-and-Drop support. Songs can be dragged from the navigator or from the OS file system
  • Reads mp3, ogg, flac, wma, mp4, ra, rm tags
  • Writes mp3, ogg, flac, wma, mp4 tags
  • Reads and shows pictures included in ID3v2 tags
  • Tag editor window
  • Auto tag edition tools: set track number, genre, lyrics and so on automatically
  • Some auto tag tools for all repository
  • Karaoke function, Equalizer, Normalization, Shuffle and repeat options, OSD (On-screen display)


To enable this feature, go to Preferences, Player, and enable option.
The default hotkey settings are:
  • Play/Pause: Ctrl+Alt+P
  • Stop: Ctrl+Alt+S
  • Next: Ctrl+Alt+RIGHT
  • Previous: Ctrl+Alt+LEFT
  • Volume up: Ctrl+Alt+UP
  • Volume down: Ctrl+Alt+DOWN
  • Show/hide window: Ctrl+Alt+W
  • Mute: Ctrl+Alt+M
  • Show song info: Ctrl+Alt+I

Available for Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty/16.10 Yakkety/16.04 Xenial/14.04 Trusty/12.04 Precise/Linux Mint 18/17/13/other Ubuntu derivatives
To install aTunes in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

To install aTunes in Debian open Terminal and enter these commands in the Terminal:

What do you think of this player? Have you ever used it?
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