When comparing XMMS vs qmmp, the Slant community recommends qmmp for most people. In the question“What are the best music players for Linux?” qmmp is ranked 15th while XMMS is ranked 30th. The most important reason people chose qmmp is:
Qmmp allows the user to drastically change its look via skins. It can use Winamp and Xmms skins, as well as a list of 12 skins made specifically for qmmp that can be found [here](http://qmmp.ylsoftware.com/files/skins/qmmp-skins/).
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Pro Support for Winamp themes
XMMS is able to use any Winamp skin available.
Pro Simple and familiar music player
Many users should be pretty familiar with the interface as it has been built to match that of the popular Winamp player.
Pro Offers some skinning options
Qmmp allows the user to drastically change its look via skins. It can use Winamp and Xmms skins, as well as a list of 12 skins made specifically for qmmp that can be found here.
Pro Small single-window interface
Unlike more popular players that draw a huge window taking up the entire screen, with tons of knobs and menus popping out in new windows, qmmp gives you a single tiny window (that looks pretty much the same as Winamp used to look) with the basic controls and the playlist. The rest is available through a menu.
Pro Lightweight and supports almost all formats
Pro Plugin based
You can extend it with plugins.
No matter what OS or desktop you use Qmmp will integrate well
Pro Depends on libaries
It depends on libaries instead of big fat toolkits like gstreamer.
Pro Supports cue sheets
Con Looks are dated and may be unappealing
XMMS is pretty long in the tooth now and it's design definitely reflects that.