Ubuntu Linux is a free, fast and stable operating system which is great for playing back audio and music files on my computer. The sound quality when playing back audio files in Ubuntu Linux is great. Linux is a great operating system for playing back Multimedia since Linux is free, stable, and can be installed on a lot of older computers in my experience. With the money you save by using Linux and an older computer to install Linux onto, you can buy better speakers for listening to your music.
I like that music players in Ubuntu start up quickly in seconds. This means I can quickly open up audio files for my listening enjoyment in seconds.
The user interfaces for the various media and audio players compatible with Ubuntu Linux are very easy to use, so there is almost no learning curve on using them if you used Windows or Mac based audio players like Winamp, iTunes, VLC, Foobar2000, etc. All the music playing software I mention are free, and can be easily installed by using the Ubuntu Software Center for Ubuntu Linux 10.04 and above and an Internet connection to download them.
1. Banshee is a good media player because it has a nice user interface, supports playlists, support cover art, sounds good, and is fast. It also supports Last.FM, podcasts, and online radio streams. Banshee also supports video file playback. Banshee can also be used for your ipod and other media device to sync your audio.
2. RythmBox Music Player is also nice looking music player which loads fast, easy to use, and you also can use it to listen to Podcasts, online radio, last.fm, buy music from Jamendo, Magna Tune, and Ubuntu One. RythmBox also makes it easy for you to export and play your music on your computer.
VLC is the main media player I use for playing individual music files or online radio streams because of its small program window size, ease of use, and low system resources. It also supports playlists. VLC is also a great video and audio player which can play almost any video or file format for audio and videos. It is also very stable in my experience. I mostly use VLC the most because I am most use to it compared to Banshee and RythmBox.