Posts Tagged ‘music’
MPD is not for everyone.
Before continuing into the article, a word of warning. MPD is not for everyone. If you are a casual desktop linux user with zero geek genes, stay away from this player. There are many other simpler players for you.
But then again, ‘casual desktop linux user’ – that sounds like a contradiction in terms. The very fact that you are reading this means that you are a geek.
Getting Started with MPD
Setting up MPD is not as simple as other music players.
To see MPD in action, first we have to install MPD – and a client. I installed the following…
- MPD server
- MPC – A command line MPD client
- gmpc – A GUI client for Gnome
In a RedHat based system, you can install these using the command…
yum install mpd mpc gmpc
Here is where it starts to get a bit confusing. MPD don’t have a pretty GUI to go along with it. It has to be configured using a text file. Create a file ‘.mpdconf’ in your home folder and enter the following in it…
port "6600" music_directory "~/Songs" playlist_directory "~/.mpd/playlists" db_file "~/.mpd/mpd.db" log_file "~/.mpd/mpd.log" error_file "~/.mpd/mpd.error"
The ‘music_directory'(“~/Songs” in our example) must point to the folder where you keep your music. If you have your music in multiple folders then I cannot help you. MPD was designed with just one music root directory in mind.
It is a good idea to create the playlist folder now – it will prevent errors later on. To do that run the command…
mkdir -p ~/.mpd/playlists
Next run these commands…
mpd --create-db mpc update mpc add / mpc play
If all went well, you must be hearing sweet music now. Here is an explanation of the commands we used and their purpose…
- mpd –create-db
- This will start the daemon. The ‘–create-db’ argument will read the contents of the root music directory and add the Music files to a text database. You should see the list of files being added into the DB. This may take some time to complete – based on size of your music collection.
- mpc update
- The command used here is ‘mpc’ – not ‘mpd’. We are using a command line client now. This command scans the root music directory for updates.
- mpc add /
- This command will add all the files in the music directory to the current playlist. Please note that the ‘/’ here means root music directory – and not the global linux root.
- mpc play
- This will start playing the files in the current playlist.
There are many GUI clients for MPD – the ones I would recommend are…
- Gnome Music Player Client(gmpc)
Once the mpd daemon is up and running, just open these clients and click on the connect button to control the daemon using these clients.
Tags: Audio, daemon, mp3, mpd, music, player
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I expected my MP3 player series will end with the last post – but the comments pointed to some other players. Two players stood out – so I decided that I will review them as well. The first one is Listen. Its a Gtk player written in Python.
- Supports Shoutcast Webradio
- Supports Podcast
- Multiple Display modes
- Wikipedia Integration
- Native Lyrics Support
- No Global Shortcuts
- At least, none that I could find.
- “Interesting” Layout
- The layout is kinda different from the standand layout of amaroK, Exaile, Rythmbox etc. I am still getting used to it. But once you get the hang of it, it could turn out to be a better system than the one that the other players use.
- Shows up on mouse hover and track change.
- Tray Icon
- Supports play/pause with middle click.
- Music Library
- Listen has a music library – but it supports only a single folder as its library folder.
Tags: Audio, Gnome, gtk, listen, mp3, music, player, review
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There are no shortage of audio players in Linux. It has everything from command line MP3 players(mpg123) to RAM eating GUI players(like Amarok). With easily available codecs, linux supports almost all available formats.
This is the final post on a series about MP3 Players in linux. This series focuses on dedicated audio players – not video players that can handle audio as well(like mplayer). Without further ado, presenting the top 10 Linux MP3 players…
amaroK is currently the player of my choice – it rocks. Everything I ever wanted in a MP3 Player and more. It is the clear winner in this field. In my opinion, there is nothing that beats amarok even if you look at Windows and Mac MP3 players as well.
More Information on Amarok MP3 Player
A Winamp clone. Simple and user friendly, it is very popular on linux. It does not have a large feature set – but I am going to give it second place due to its popularity.
Official Sites for XMMS Player
Rhythmbox Music Player is a music player and library for tagged files, that support various music formats. It was inspired by Appleâ€™s iTunes. Although it is designed to work well under the GNOME Desktop, I had no issues with it in KDE.
Exaile is a music player aiming to be similar to KDEâ€™s Amarok, but for GTK+ and written in Python. It incorporates many of the cool things from Amarok (and other media players)
Audacious is not among the ‘star media-players’ in Linux – so many people never try it out. But those who have tried it out like it. For the sake of the article, I installed it – and I liked it. I even considered switching from amaroK to Audacious.
Banshee is an MP3 players for Gnome. You can import, organize, play, and share your music using Banshee’s simple, powerful interface.
Banshee Official Sites
SongBird is an MP3 player built on the XUL framework. It’s a desktop media player mashed-up with the Web.
An audio jukebox that supports collections of MP3, Ogg Vorbis and FLAC files. It is a part of the kdemultimedia package.
mpg123 is a fast, free, minimalist, console MPEG audio player software program for UNIX and Linux operating systems.
10. Other MP3 Players and Media Software…
Instead of putting the last MP3 Player here, I am going to list the MP3 software that did not make it to the list…
- Beep Media Player
- X-platform Music Multiplexing System 2 – XMMS2
- Decibel Audio Player
- Cactus Jukebox
So, which is your favorite MP3 Player? Leave a comment…
Update: I reviewed two more players…
Tags: Audio, Gnome, KDE, list, mp3, music, player, review, software, top10
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Exaile is a music player aiming to be similar to KDE’s Amarok, but for GTK+ and written in Python. It incorporates many of the cool things from Amarok (and other media players) like automatic fetching of album art, handling of large libraries, lyrics fetching, artist/album information via Wikipedia, Last.fm submission support, and optional iPod support via a plugin.
It has many features that make amarok great…
- Automatic fetching of album art
- Handling large music libraries
- Lyrics fetching
- Fetches Artist/Album information from Wikipedia
And some features that amarok does not have…
- Tabbed playlist interface
- Song Blacklist Manager
- I could not find the Global Hotkeys feature
If you want to try exaile, you can download exaile and install it yourself.
Tags: app, Audio, exaile, gtk, mp3, music, player, review
Posted in Applications, Audio, Gnome | 8 Comments »
Rhythmbox Music Player is a music player and library for tagged files, that support various music formats. It was inspired by Apple’s iTunes. Although it is designed to work well under the GNOME Desktop, I had no issues with it in KDE. RhythmBox uses the GStreamer media framework. It is currently under active development.
- Clean Look
- While other players aim to make their software flashy and full of features, RhythmBox went for simplicity. The inferface is very direct and easy to use.
- Browse Mode
- This is an easy way to browse through a large music collection.
- Global Shortcut Available
- I don’t know how – but Global Shortcuts are available. There is no option for it – but one of my global shortcuts – Ctrl+Alt+Home for Play/Pause works.
- Music Library
- All your music must be within one folder if you want to use RhythmBox’s Music Library. You can set only one folder as the ‘Library Location’. This option is available at ‘Edit > Preferences > ‘Music’ Tab > Library Location
- Font Bug
- When I start RhythmBox, the font of all application becomes one size smaller. I think this is a bug that is limited to KDE – but still very irritating. The only way to fix this is restart the X Server
- Play Queue
- At the top left corner, in the Library column, there is a Option called ‘Play Queue’ – don’t mistake it for Playlist. This is a Queue of all the songs that must be played. If you try to play any song in that list, that song will jump to the top.
- Minimize to System Tray
- To hide the player don’t close it – that will quit the application. If you minimize it, it goes to the taskbar – I want to minimize it to the system tray. To do that, just click on the RhythmBox icon in the system tray. It take a little getting used to – but a workable method.
Tags: Gnome, mp3, music, review, rhythmbox, software
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