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View Poll Results: Multimedia Application of the Year
Well, I voted for Mplayer. Of course, I use XMMS exclusively for mp3's but since this is a 'best of the year' poll I went with Mplayer (which I use exclusively for video). The reason, is Mplayer has come a long way since I first tried it back around when Mandrake 8.2 came out. Now it will play basically any format, and that's really saying something when you take into account the m$ proprietry formats and now even QuickTime.
XMMS hasn't changed very much at all since I first tried it. It still lacks an integrated library management feature, which IMHO is one of the most important feature of an mp3 player. I have been looking into creating my own with mySQL lately, but in order for XMMS to win my vote for the year it will need to add some features to help manage thousands of mp3's. I have my whole cd collection ripped @ 160kb/s on my hd (around 300cd's), plus whatever I 'borrowed' off the net I think XMMS is an exceptional piece of software as far as audio quality and the interface go though. The EQ is very accurate.
thats my vote, its totally the best and most used multimedia app on my system. when we have programs that are far and away better than whats offered on windows, lets use them!!! (as opposed to xmms which im sure is winning, but is like winamp was 2 years ago)
PS- my apoligies to xmms authors, because its one of my other favorite apps
"after seeing the result,quite surprise. i used mplayer but hmm still prefer xine."
Likewise. Though as a result of this poll I looked a little further into mplayer. I understand there is a gui for it, but haven't figured out how to get it to work (Mandrake 9.2) and it won't play some file types that xine will. I suspect preference may be colored by what you've got working and installed, and on my system xine rocks whereas mplayer seems a tad broken. Could spend some time tinkering and fixing it, but not much incentive with xine working as well as it does.
Distribution: Pink Tie 9 (Red Hat 9 clone from CheapBytes.com)
I don't know if it would be a good idea to separate audio and video apps, because I use mplayer for both. Coming from a Windows environment (I no longer use Windows now, though), I had quite a few .wmv files (Windows movie format) that I wasn't sure I'd ever be able to play again, along with other audio formats, including .wav. I was glad to find mplayer for Linux and codecs to use with it. Now I don't need to dual-boot just to see certain files. I can view them all in Linux.