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Old 04-11-2006, 12:27 PM   #1
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Cool MP3 players for Bash use


I'm working on a http system to play MP3 files from a bash script, but I need a way of getting data back from the playing file, so I display it on the screen. At the moment I'm using amp, which gives me a frame count, but not a total frame count, so I can't give a % complete.

Can anyone recommend some MP3 software that has good feedback on it's status. One that allows me to change volume etc. while playing would be even better.

Thanks
 
Old 04-11-2006, 12:36 PM   #2
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mplayer all the way personally. you can even use the -slave option to make it accept commands from stdin, i.e. wrap it with your program to allow the end user to control it.
 
Old 04-11-2006, 03:06 PM   #3
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Mplay on mplayer.
 
Old 04-25-2006, 07:57 AM   #4
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I've had a look at mplayer and tried installing it, and failed. Before I kill myself getting it to install can you just confirm something for me that wasn't obvious on the mplayer site.

Can I control mplayer completely from the shell, by sending it commands? I'm not talking about doing CTRL+SOMETHING to make it play, but actually send it a command like 'mplayer -f my.mp3' to get it to play an mp3. The reason I ask is I would be controlling it from bash scipts. Also another function that I need is to just add a file to the playlist, and to clear the playlist, again through the command line.

Thanks for any help you can give
 
Old 04-25-2006, 08:03 AM   #5
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like i said, use -slave mode. you can then start it off by catting a named pipe and then just write to the named pipe to send it to mplayer.
 
Old 04-25-2006, 08:21 AM   #6
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not to take anything away from the mplayer option, but vlc has a remote control advanced telnet interface that I use; you can play, stop, pause, next, etc, plus control the playlist, etc. There's also a simple http interface that accomplishes the same.

it's not the most intuitive to setup, but once it's up and running it runs like clockwork - if you'd like to know more, just post here and I'll (we'll) help you out.


cheers,
 
Old 04-25-2006, 12:11 PM   #7
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@acid_kewpie: Thanks I just wanted to check, as I still find installing software difficult and didn't want to spend a day on it and find it wasn't even close to what I wanted.

@mrclisdue: I need more traditional command line at the moment, but I bear it in mind, if I get into problems.
 
  


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