How to Install Audacious on Ubuntu 13.04 / 12.10 / 12.04 and Linux Mint 14 / 13

Hello Linux Geeksters.

In this article I will show you how to install Audacious on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail, Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 14 Nadia and Linux Mint 13 Maya.

As you may know, Audacious is a popular music player available for Unix and Linux Systems.

Personally, I prefer Audacious because of it’s Winamp Skins. And because I can still use the old J key for opening a song search list.

To install Audacious on Ubuntu and Linux Mint, do this:

Add the repository:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8

Update the repo index:

$ sudo apt-get update

Install the program:

$ sudo apt-get install audacious


How to add Winamp skins to Audacious:

To add a skin for a certain user, paste the skin archive (.zip, .tar.gz, .tar.bz2) to ~/.local/share/audacious/Skins. Next, open Audacious and set the skin from the Audacious menu:

$ cp ~/Downloads/awesome_skin ~/.local/share/audacious/Skins

To make a skin available for all the users, paste the skin to /usr/share/audacious/Skins, and set the skin from the menu:

$ cp ~/Downloads/awesome_skin /usr/share/audacious/Skins


Because I am a terminal freak, I have created this alias for launching audacious. The process throws everything to /dev/null so the terminal remains free and it also does not die when the terminal is closed because of the nohup command.

$ alias wnp='nohup audacious &> /dev/null &'

To make it persistent, do this:

$ echo "alias wnp='nohup audacious &> /dev/null &'" >> ~/.bashrc

Now, I just type wnp in the terminal and Audacious gets launched.

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