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Old 10-15-2009, 04:59 AM   #1
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Searching "the right" music player


I recently changed from Win Vista to Kubuntu 9.04 64bit. Everything is fine, except that I miss some things that I am quite used to. One of these things is the right musicplayer. I love foobar, but its only available for Windows, so I run it with wine. Runs fine, but I can't use the keyboard shortcuts that way; which is quite the most important function of foobar to me. I got some things that I want/need from a musicplayer-app:

- configurable global (!) keyboard shortcuts
- no media library, or it can be turned off. just a simple filebased playlist
- configurable display of playlist items

I tried several programs, none of these fits to my needs:
- Amarok
- Quod Libet
- Audacious
- SongBird
- MPlayer

So, if anyone knows a program which can do what I want, POST IT!

Thanks & Greets,
Old 10-15-2009, 05:40 AM   #2
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Hi nexx,

Have you seen this from the Wine FAQ?

6.24. Some key combinations in my application do not work.

Even in full screen mode, window managers typically capture some keys. For example, in KDE and Gnome ALT+Left Click is used to move the whole application window by default. Thus, this key combination is not available to applications in Wine. You have to disable the colliding combinations in your window manager. For KDE, see Control Center/Window Behaviour or (better) Window-specific settings/Workarounds/Block global shortcuts. For Gnome, see System/Preferences/Windows and change the "Movement Key" setting. Also see System/Preferences/Keyboard Shortcuts for specific keyboard combinations.

(Keywords: Keyboard, Shortcut, Modifier, ALT, CTRL, Control.)
It looks like it might be worth a bit of investigation...


Good luck.
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moc should fit your requirements as well as mp3blaster. They're both ncurses based programs, not sure if that rules them out for you.
Old 10-16-2009, 05:13 AM   #5
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I use moc and find it quite good for my needs. But it really depends on your needs. Amarok should do all you need, but it's quite heavy for such simple requirements.

You could as well roll your own. If all you need is a simple application to play files and go back/forward, previous/next, stop and little more, you could consider using mplayer in slave mode, and then controlling it via a named pipe file. Then it's just a matter of binding whatever combos you prefer using your window manager. I do that in fvwm to control video files. The concrete details depends on your window manager though. I guess you could also use xbindkeys for this.

The general idea with mplayer is to start it as a slave, for this you first create a named pipe, like:

mkfifo /tmp/mplayer.$USER
Launch mplayer:

mplayer -slave -really-quiet -input file=/tmp/mplayer.$[USER] <media files here>
Then you can send commands to /tmp/mplayer.$USER this way:

echo "quit" > /tmp/mplayer.$USER
echo "osd" > /tmp/mplayer.$USER
echo "pause" > /tmp/mplayer.$USER
echo "seek -60 0" > /tmp/mplayer.$USER
echo "seek 600 0" > /tmp/mplayer.$USER
You can bind all this to keys and you won't even need a GUI.
Old 10-16-2009, 06:28 AM   #6
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Hi Folks!

Thanks repo, thats a nice overview. I tried almost all of them, only Rhythmbox was new for me but I dont quite like it.

rizhun, nice! But I tried it still doesnt work. I hope i get some help from the wine-guys on irc.

speck & i92: looks good, but I really dont want to run a musicplayer in console And I dont want to fiddle around that much with the mplayer-thing, too. Would be the last possible thing if anything else fails :/


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