9 Feb 2013

Clementine - The best music player-organizer for Linux & Windows

A while back i wrote about my favorite music player cum manager software Jaangle. Only problem with Jaangle is it's a Windows only application. It won't run on Linux and Mac. So whenever i'm using Linux i use Clementine. Clementine is the best crossplatform music player-organizer.

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Clementine is inspired by Amarok 1.4. Clementine provides a nice interface for searching & playing music from your local collection as well as web sources.

Interesting features of Clementine:

  • Search and play your local music library.
  • Listen to internet radio from Spotify, Grooveshark, Last.fm, SomaFM, Magnatune, Jamendo, SKY.fm, Digitally Imported, JAZZRADIO.com, Soundcloud, and Icecast.
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  • Search and play songs you've uploaded to Google Drive.
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  • Create smart playlists and dynamic playlists.
  • Tabbed playlists, import and export M3U, XSPF, PLS and ASX.
  • CUE sheet support.
  • Play audio CDs.
  • Visualisations from projectM.
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  • Lyrics and artist biographies and photos.
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  • Transcode music into MP3, Ogg Vorbis, Ogg Speex, FLAC or AAC.
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  • Fetch missing tags from MusicBrainz.
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  • Discover and download Podcasts.
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  • Download missing album cover art from Last.fm and Amazon.
  • Cross-platform - works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
  • Copy music to your iPod, iPhone, MTP or mass-storage USB player.


Official Clementine binary packages are available for Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian & Windows. You can get them from here,

Third party packages for Slackware, Arch , OpenSUSE and Pardus is available here,

If you happen to be an advanced user you can compile Clementine yourself. Here's how can you do it,

Rock your music with Clementine!!!


Anonymous said...

Clementine is very good, indeed. As well as being a well functioning music player, it also has the ability to transcode formats, and edit meta-information on existing tracks, and work the same with external devices. IMHO, the best music player since i-Tunes 7.

Jenna Bradley said...

Clementine is good up to the point where I moved my library of music (330gB) to the share folder of my NAS drive, where it could be served to any of the Macs, PCs and other devices in the house, as well as my Linux laptop. Tried to make its location known as Clementine's library and quickly found out that Clementine's library must be on the local drive...

Haker Defo said...

Hello Jena. There is a workaround for the problem you have described. Here's the link,

Anonymous said...

It can't play aac audio files on Windows. Same files are played with VLC or Jaangle without problem.

Retrovit ID said...

Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
thank you :)

Anonymous said...

With respect to the library on a network drive.
My network drive is on my LAN server (Debian Linux). It consists of two 2TB drives addressed as an LVM. I export the music catalog Via NFS and SMB. I have never had a problem accessing the files using either network protocol. NFS works better with automount (autofs) and so I prefer it for *NIX machines.

Anonymous said...

I was attracted by the appearance of Clementine, by comparison with Rhythmbox. I, too, store my 6000 tracks in FLAC format on a NAS and whatever I do Clementine has to re load/index or whatever each time I restart my netbook. Rather like watching paint dry. Yet Rhythmbox takes less than a minute to achieve this task. Maybe that's why it is the preferred music player on Ubuntu; it ain't pretty but it works!

Click aSound said...

Good Clementine.
There is also another music resolver that we have recently developed and launched: http://www.clickasound.com. It is quite good.

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Unknown said...

Thank you for this information on Clementine. I was looking for an organizer and just installed this on Linux Mint. It loads and runs fast. It is very intuitive. It loaded the info on all the files in the 3 directories I chose very quickly. I can edit the tags. It searches for music in a variety of ways, for example filename or genre or artist. All this is lightning fast. This is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks again.