When comparing qmmp vs Parole, the Slant community recommends qmmp for most people. In the question“What are the best media players for Linux?” qmmp is ranked 13th while Parole is ranked 19th. 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 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 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 Lightweight and supports almost all formats
Pro Supports cue sheets
Pro Based on GStreamer
It's based on the GStreamer framework so it supports all GStreamer codes and plugins.
Con Interface is not particularly intuitive
Con Tries to be a Audio and Video player at the same time
So it will never be the perfect audio or video player
Con Menu navigation is poor
There are no icons inside the menus which makes them very uncomfortable and slow to browse.
Depending on your desktop environment it could have some huge dependencies for example it needs GStreamer and its codecs plus GTK and some Xfce libaries.