Absolute minimal plugins required by Audacious

Audacious is a minimal audio player, but even it ships with lots of plugins. And most of these are enabled out of the box, especially on older versions of Audacious! I like to run it with the absolute minimal plugins.

The only plugins I require in Audacious 3.6.2:

  • Input
    • MPG123 Plugin: Required to decode and playback MP3 files.
  • Playlist
    • Audacious Playlists (audpl): Required to maintain the files you added as a playlist inside Audacious.

The only plugins I require in Audacious 3.4.3:

  • Transport
    • File IO Plugin: Required to open and read audio files.
  • Playlist
    • Audacious Playlists (audpl): Required to maintain the files you added as a playlist inside Audacious.
  • Input
    • MPG123 Plugin: Required to decode and playback MP3 files.

Tried with: Ubuntu 14.04

How to delete file from Audacious

The ability to delete a music file directly from Audacious can be useful. However, the version of Audacious that ships with latest Ubuntu does not have this feature. Thankfully, it has been implemented as a plugin and ships with Audacious 3.5.2.

To remove your Audacious and install the latest Audacious from PPA:

$ sudo apt-get remove audacious
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install audacious

To turn on the feature to delete files, enable Files -> Settings -> Plugins -> General -> Delete Files. Right-click on a file in the playlist and choose Services -> Delete Selected Files. The files will be moved to Trash, so you can recover them later if you want.

Tried with: Audacious 3.5.2 and Ubuntu 14.04

Audacious

Audacious
Audacious

Audacious is a music player that is popular on Linux. It is based on XMMS, but has a simple GUI and operation that is straightforward.

This simplicity is something that is lost in most modern music players, like Rhythmbox or Banshee. They try to be the next iTunes. The UI is too complicated, they cannot simply open some files and play them. They want to manage your audio files for you and so on.

Installing Audacious is easy:

$ sudo apt-get install audacious

The only real feature I am missing in Audacious is the ability to delete files from the filesystem. That feature can be obtained by installing a more recent version of Audacious, as described here.

Tried with: Audacious 3.4.3 and Ubuntu 14.04