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Old 08-02-2003, 12:30 PM   #1
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mp3 player

Im looking for suggestions for a mp3 player. This player needs to be run competely from the command line, have a good mixer, and have some good visuals. This player can display to X, but can't be controlled from it (its going to be running on a system with no mouse).

Any suggestions? I have a few ideas, but wanted to get some input first.
Old 08-02-2003, 12:33 PM   #2
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mpg123 or mpg321, perhaps?

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Old 08-02-2003, 02:49 PM   #3
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Bzzzzzst. Wrong answer I'm afraid.

Greg21 wants a more sophisticated player than mpg123/mpg321.

Although it does not do visuals (how do you expect it to do visuals,
if you are not running X? -- it would need to be either an SVGAlib,
a directfb, SDL, or maybe ggi program which I fear nobody has bothered
to write yet), the program which will do most of what you want is


And it supports OGG vorbis files, which are what you should be using.

Either download the source from the above site and compile and install it
yourself, or search for a prebuild rpm for your Distribution


For eye candy visuals you need to use something such as

which has support for SDL and SVGAlib, so running it on an machine
without an XServer is possible.

Do not forget that all of this compressed music decoding + visuals is quite CPU intensive.
Old 08-02-2003, 02:55 PM   #4
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BTW Greg said that he already had a few things in mind.

Does that means if we correctly suggest the same thing that he had in mind, we win a prize? :+)

Or if we do not come close, our suggestions are just ignored? :+(
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No prize

I am going to run an X server, just can't use it for input. Its for display and visuals only.


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