aTunes is an open source, completely free and multi-platform graphical application that allows you to play MP3 files, as well as to organize your entire music collection, on any operating system.
Features at a glance
Key features include a tag editor, support for ID3v1, ID3v1.1 and ID3v2 tags, the ability to load and save playlists in the popular m3u format, OSD (On-Screen Display), as well as translations in numerous languages.
In addition, the application supports huge music collections with thousands of files, supports a wide range of audi formats, including MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV, FLAC and MP4, supports several playlist formats, and allows you to organize your music collection by metadata or folder.
Furthermore, it supports external devices to copy or synchronize music, supports podcasts, supports online radios, and includes Last.fm scrobbling integration.
Uniform graphical user interface across all supported platforms
Whether you use Linux, Windows or a Mac, the aTunes application looks and acts the same. It graphical user interface is uniform and feature-rich, allowing the user to easily play his or her favorite tracks, as well as to organize them without too much fuss.
Under the hood, availability and supported OSes
aTunes is a platform-independent application written entirely in the Java programming language, which means that it supports the GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems. Both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures are supported at this time.
On GNU/Linux, the program is available for download as binary archives that can be used on virtually any Linux distribution, as long as all requirements are met, as well as DEB files for Debian/Ubuntu-based operating systems.
Summing up, aTunes is a great application for enjoying your favorite tracks without paying for an expensive similar product. However, while Mac and Windows users will prefer to use the “real thing” a.k.a. iTunes, Linux users are more attracted to native applications written in either GTK+ or Qt.