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Old 12-22-2007, 12:58 PM   #1
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audio/video player recommendation (R.I.P. xmms?)


could anyone recommend me a good music player? it could support video too but i dont really need that since i guess ill be using mplayer for that.

ive used xmms ever since. now i find out that it's been removed from the portage tree due to being 'dead' (you guessed it, gentoo)

i emerged mplayer. it sucks. i dont know why. either it's the way it looks or something (changing skins doesnt help). i still feel something is wrong with it. and why does it have to take up half of the screen, really wtf. other players are the same. xmms was wonderful.. winamp-like. that's what i liked, and that's what im looking for right now.

mplayer sucks when it comes to music. i use that to play dvds, does the job.

i use amarok on my desktop. it's OK. but all those.. media devices, lyrics, etc etc tabs and tricky options .. bloat. i want something else.

any recommendations? :S

... audacious?

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Old 12-22-2007, 01:07 PM   #2
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hmm ..what about realplayer ?
Old 12-22-2007, 01:11 PM   #3
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I use audacious and amarok for music and MPlayer for video. I really like those, actually... But there's also xine if you want to try it...
Old 12-22-2007, 01:12 PM   #4
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Audacious is quite similar to XMMS so its worth looking at. Amarok and BMPx are also very good in my opinion.
Old 12-22-2007, 04:44 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by the_imax View Post
hmm ..what about realplayer ?
just no, not cool
Old 12-23-2007, 09:23 AM   #6
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Mplayer doesn't suck, it just has no cool skins. Make one.

Technically, I love it, because it plays nearly everything out there.

I gave audacious a try, but over the weeks running it starts to suck up more and more CPU, so I stick with mplayer and hide the skin under an xterm.
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Old 12-23-2007, 07:35 PM   #8
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Music Player Daemon + any one of: Sonata, ncmpc, mpc, gmpc is what I use for music.
MPD is basically a server that plays music, and sonata, ncmpc, etc. connect to control it, not to listen. Also, you don't need X to use 'em!

They're all really lightweight, with the GUI clients (sonata and gmpc) being a little more resource intensive.
Also, check out SMPlayer. It's a nice vlc-esque front-end to MPlayer.


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