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View Poll Results: Multimedia Application of the Year
XMMS 202 27.90%
LAME 7 0.97%
xine 126 17.40%
mplayer 323 44.61%
VLC 7 0.97%
acidrip 6 0.83%
Audacity 9 1.24%
GStreamer 44 6.08%
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Old 11-24-2003, 10:38 AM   #31
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audacity, thanks a lot... I'm using to help a lot a teenager hiphop of my city...
Old 11-25-2003, 05:48 PM   #32
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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.

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Old 11-28-2003, 05:50 PM   #33
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KMplayer, which is Mplayer in a KDE wrapper for a really intergrated feel...
Old 11-30-2003, 12:32 PM   #34
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wheres rhythmbox?!?!?!

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
Old 11-30-2003, 04:41 PM   #35
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Mplayer for sure
Old 12-03-2003, 07:33 AM   #36
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video editing app

This is a great app that is similar to VirtualDub except it runs on linux. It has worked with all of the codecs I've needed so far including mpeg2! Avidemux
Old 12-11-2003, 10:05 AM   #37
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after seeing the result,quite surprise. i used mplayer but hmm still prefer xine.
Old 12-11-2003, 11:15 AM   #38
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"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.
Old 12-11-2003, 02:44 PM   #39
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i tried xine recently and i'm quite impressed, the DVD navigation is a lot easier to use than mplayer.
without dvd-nav on mplayer my star trek is all in german with french subtitles
Old 12-12-2003, 03:47 PM   #40
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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.
Old 12-15-2003, 12:25 AM   #41
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mplayer for me. plays about everything. fast and with lot of options to play buggy avi files. hands down, mplayer all the way.
Old 12-15-2003, 09:01 PM   #42
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xine ruled until I tried mplayer.

plus, xmms/mplayer is what I have installed on my zaurus
Old 12-19-2003, 02:39 AM   #43
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too many choices--this is an example of the Unix philosophy at work: a single tool for a single task. xmms for audio, ogle for dvd, mplayer for proprietary video stuff that won't play anywhere else
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