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Old 12-09-2008, 09:47 AM   #1
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Looking for an MP3 player that can run without X server


I'm looking for a MP3 radio player via internet (ie. like Amarok, XMMS...) that does not need any X interface or window manager.

The reason is I'm currently configuring a thin client diskless and fanless with low RAM to be used only as an internet radio.
I would like to run it without X server to spare memory.
The command line mode will be fair enough to load or swap the MP3 feeds.

Thanks for your attention.
Any ideas are welcome.

Old 12-09-2008, 10:40 AM   #2
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There are tons of cli media players available. For simple uses mplayer works great. You may need to try out a few of the more dedicated players though if you need more advanced features like playlists. A few seconds on google popped up this article that mentions many of the popular ones. Not sure how many of them have stream playing ability though.
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Try moc:
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mpg321 is a great command line player I use all the time.
Old 12-11-2008, 01:34 AM   #5
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Try mp3blaster,I use it all the time.
or mpg321 (mpg123 clone).

or even mplayer, you may just need to take a stroll through its man pages though (add the win32 codecs and you can play anything right on the CLI)

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Consider mplayer: - I think the most flex and power decision.
Especially, there are a few minimal distro based on:, etc.
Have a fun


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