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Old 02-08-2009, 03:07 PM   #1
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Question Looking for an extremely light music player with support

In Windows XP I used Billy Player and it would use about 4000k max of ram. I know there are tons of terminal based music players, but I would like something with support.

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Old 02-08-2009, 03:35 PM   #2
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As far as I know -though I haven't tried it personally- all you should need to use is mp3 streaming capabilities. So almost anything will do.

I suggest mplayer for general purpose, or moc if you need playlist support. Both in command line.

If you care about ram, moc will be better. It's designed with a client-server model, which means that once the player is running you can press 'q' to close the interface, but the player will continue playing in the background. That will cut the ram usage by a half. Then you can reconnect to a running server by using mocp -y. It supports streaming and it's very customizable, to the extent that a text interface can be customized. If you want something graphical the only option I can think of for low ram usage is xmms, but it's buggy and unmaintained, and it probably has more features than you'd want.

The rest of graphical players that I know of are based on gtk2 or qt, which means that they will take more ram, no matter how "light" they claim to be.

There's also xine-ui, which is based on tk, but it's really not suited for music in my opinion.

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shell-fm home
shell-fm is a lightweight, console-based player for Last.FM radio streams. It's pretty small (the binary is currently a little smaller than 60K, or 50K when stripped) and it has most features the "official" player has, if not even a few more. Additional features are, for example:

* network interface (control shell-fm remotely)
* autoban (automatically ban all tracks of an artist you don't like)
* bookmark stations (quickly jump to bookmarked stations with a single key)
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Originally Posted by craigevil View Post
That's a pretty cool little app, but what I'm looking for is an app that plays my local music and reports songs played to
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mpd does scrobbling with scmpc, which is how I do it.

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Did you try sonata? It's a simplistic gtk front-end to mpd, fast and it has most needed features, including audioscrobbler, systray and notifications.
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