I am searching for a mp3 player for Linux that resembles 1by1 on features: light, free, with no playlists, just selection of files to play using a directory navigator. Any suggestion?


I use moc, it does have a playlist window, but you can hide it and just play from the directory listing. It's what I turned to after giving up on new Amarok.

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    Wow. You switched from Amarok to moc?? That is extremely hardcore. +1 just for having more guts than me. – DaveParillo Nov 8 '09 at 23:09
  • Well, I had to, have you seen the new Amarok? Besides, moc is pretty user friendly, it's just a bit picky who it's friends are :). – kmelvn Nov 9 '09 at 0:18

I use quodlibet. A nice little player with comprehensive file-type support and fabulous metadata editing abilities. It has a "File System" view, which meets your criterion.

  • I just started using this myself. It's great! I'm suprised more people don't use it. It seems to be flying 'under the radar' compared to other players. – DaveParillo Feb 11 '10 at 23:22
  • i don't use QL, but i've used Ex Falso and Mutagen (the ID3 tagger & tagging library from the same project) for years. really the only reason i haven't used QL is that my speakers are usually connected to a Windows system. – quack quixote May 2 '10 at 5:01
  • They've actually been working on a Windows port. Looks like it's available for download already, but I haven't tried it: code.google.com/p/quodlibet/wiki/Requirements – nedned May 8 '10 at 6:21

mpg123 and mpg321 are commandline MP3 players. You could associate them with MP3 files in Thunar/Nautilus/file-manager-of-choice. They take a list of files/URLs to play as arguments:

$ mpg123 /path/to/mp3s/*.mp3
# plays all mp3 files in directory /pat/to/mp3s (generally in order of filename)

$ find /path/to/mp3s -name '*.mp3' -print0 | xargs -0 mpg123
# plays all mp3 files in /path/to/mp3s and subdirectories

See man mpg123 or man mpg321 for details.


I haven't seen 1by1, but personally I use cplay when I want to both navigate and listen using the player.

For odd tracks, I have vlc associated with sound files, so I can navigate in Thunar (or whatever) and just double click on the file.


i use mplayer for that - mplayer /path/to/folder/*.extention (or . or the name of a particular file) will play everything in there, or you can use a playlist. its incredibly simple, and works from command line ;p.

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