When comparing DeaDBeeF vs MPC-BE, the Slant community recommends MPC-BE for most people. In the question“What are the best audio players for Windows?” MPC-BE is ranked 17th while DeaDBeeF is ranked 19th. The most important reason people chose MPC-BE is:
[madVR](https://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=146228) is a high quality video renderer (GPU assisted).
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DeadBeef uses few system resources, making it great for low end systems and for those requiring a media player that uses as few resources as possible.
Pro Extremely customizable
DeaDBeef has support for title formatting scripting, like foobar2000, which allows you to customize group patterns, the converter output, the window titles, etc. to your needs. DeaDBeeF also has a Design Mode, which allows you to add new widgets to the interface and move/delete existing ones.
Pro A lot of plugins
DeadBeef has a lot of different plugins users can use to customize the interface, controls, and options.
Pro Uses GTK2 or GTK3
Users are able to choose a GTK2 or GTK3 build of the application to use within DeaDBeeF.
Pro ALSA plugin allows bit-perfect pipeline to DAC
Pro Smooth and easy
Pro Supports single-album CUE files
Pro Offers a ReplayGain scanner out-of-the-box
Pro Supports madVR external Video renderer
madVR is a high quality video renderer (GPU assisted).
Pro Displays preview thumbnails
Seek Bar supports thumbnail preview (like Youtube) and chapters marker.
Pro Supports most known audio and video formats
Plays various video and audio files, and also supports H.265 (with small file size installation). The player doesn't use a lot of computer resources.
Pro 32-bit & 64-bit support
Pro Built-in YouTube playback support
Can play YouTube videos out of the box. Just drag and drop the URL to the interface.
Pro Supports multimedia hotkeys
So there is basically no integration into non-GTK desktops.
Con Can't be controlled with media keys
Con Fails when opening a CUE file
Doesn't work even after 30 minutes of tweaking. Not as good as Audacious.
Con Ubuntu's sound menu buttons don't work
DeaDBeeF shows up in the sound menu; however, clicking the next/previous buttons doesn't do anything.
Con Not as many options as other players
When it comes to options DeaDBeef may not have as many as other more prominent music playing applications.
I've seen people showing lyrics - but I can't figure out how to make that work.
It's very difficult to use the 'design' function (unlike Guayadeque) to re-arrange and design the interface beyond something like a music list and artwork...