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Old 06-08-2007, 12:49 PM   #1
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Media player with gapless playback of FLAC/SHN?

I'm trying to find a good media player that enables me to play Flac and Shn losless formats. Xmms seems to be a good choice and has pretty much everything I need from a player. However, and this is VERY huge bummer, it doesn't support gapless playback of Flac / Shn losless formats. It's unacceptable when listening to remix-records or (in my case) live recordings. A *click* on track transitions simply sucks. It sounds like I'm listening to an Mp3 or something...even worse than that.

So, if anyone has an idea which Linux player handles gapless playback, please let me know, I would really appreciate it...

Thanx in advance!
Old 06-09-2007, 08:49 AM   #2
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try Amarok
The flac-s I've listened to with this app sounded ok.
Old 06-09-2007, 09:54 AM   #3
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Thanks for the tip! I don't like the design of the player (nor anything KDE based) but this thing DOES play Flac without any clicks so I can live with it!!!

It doesn't appear to be supporting SHN but then again I only installed basic package... I'll look more into it tonight and see what the 'extras' packages have got to offer...

Thanks one more time, man!
Old 06-15-2007, 10:01 PM   #4
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Amarok didn't work for me. gstreamer-ffmpeg supposedly supports shn, but in my case, it gives up less than a second into a song.

Indeed, if you only needed FLAC support, there would be several options for gapless playback such as Aqualung and Music Player Daemon.

But for my gigs and gigs of SHNs, I eventually settled on XMMS w/ the Crossfade plugin. In addition to supporting audible crossfades, this plugin has a mode that just buffers tracks several seconds in advance (to avoid disk latency) and switches tracks without closing the audio device in between (to avoid pops from the audio hardware). For audio files that have leading or trailing silence, there's another option to trim that away.

I had problems with this plugin in the past, which may be related to the fact that it requires xmms itself to be patched. But under Ubuntu 7.04, it's great.

In the plugin configuration window, you need to go to the Crossfader tab and then:
Set parameters for: Automatic Songchange
Crossfade/Transition Type: None (gapless/off)

search wikipedia for "Gapless_playback" to find links to the above


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