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Distribution: Hardy (Gnome on Ubuntu 8.04) on Compaq N600c laptop
A Simple Music Player that actually works?
Can't find one.
On a brand new Feisty Fawn trying to load a 96k mp3 stream .pls:
Totem -- clips like crazy (no, it wasn't the connection or the station)
MPlayer -- Playlist->Add->play->shows name of list and stares blankly at me, nothing else.
Amarok -- "No suitable Demux". Do they mean "decoder"? for an MP3? Are they kidding?
Rhythmbox -- Playlist->Add->queue all tracks-> zero tracks are queued; same stupid blank stare.
I hate to say such blasphemous things, but I just want winamp without microsoft around it. Why? Well...file->open->any file imaginable be it playlist, mp3, aac, movie file, or even a url. And it works--every time. If I want big fancy library functionality I have the option to start that new hobby, but if I just want a file to play--just want to hear music, that's all--it does it. Simply, and quickly.
Once again: file-->open-->foo.pls--> play the thing! Thats all I'm asking for. Is this out there?
Linux has an equivalent to Winamp - but it's getting a little long in the tooth now. It's called Xmms, and I believe you can actually install Winamp skins onto it. To be honest though, I've never thought that much of it. Perhaps you should try VLC. This is nice because it has the features you mention and comes complete with a full set of codecs. Personally, I prefer Amarok - which is a bit like itunes but more friendly to use. However, you'll still need the Lame package to read the mp3 format which is definitely not open source. The open source equivalent of mp3 is Ogg Vorbis: it's an excellent alternative, but for some reason isn't favoured by the music industry.