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Old 08-19-2004, 03:37 PM   #1
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What is a good mp3 player for linux and can it use mp3s of a windows drive?


Hi! new to linux and the thread line pretty much says it all.
I have Debian linux on one drive, and would like to find a mp3 player for it and was wondering if after getting and installing one, if it could read mp3s off of my Windows Xp drive. Thanks in advance for any help!
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Old 08-19-2004, 03:39 PM   #2
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Yeah, what I like to do is have a seperate partiotion for my mp3's. So that both windows and linux may access these.

I like XMMS personally. I think the sounds is much better than WinAmp.
 
Old 08-19-2004, 03:40 PM   #3
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there's a nifty little package called xmms. I see you're using debian, so you should be able to apt-get it. Excellent little player, looks and skins just like winamp! Yes, it will play off of a windows drive, if you have it networked that way.
 
Old 08-19-2004, 03:45 PM   #4
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I use XMMS for mp3s and you can apt it with "apt-get install xmms"
If you want to get mp3s from your windows partition you need to have NTFS support (I think for WinXP) in your kernel. Then you have to write the windows partitions in your /etc/fstab file and mount them with "mount <name>" you can explore them then and search your mp3s.

http://www.ndeepak.info/stuff/linux/woody3inst.php Under mounting other filesystems and partitions
 
Old 08-19-2004, 06:09 PM   #5
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Ok, step one done!

I have XMMS! but i'm still a bit confused as how to 'import' from the windows drive, is there a way to simply copy the files from xp drive to linux drive?
By the way, how can i make a desktop icon to quickly access xmms?

Long Live Linux!

Ok, new quandry. I dont know how to add a mount point to /mnt but i did edit (carefully) fstab to include hda1 (windows) making the type ntfs. Anything else i should do to have access to the windows drive?

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Old 08-19-2004, 11:56 PM   #6
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You need NTFS support in your kernel. It is under filesystems and you can get to your kernel config in debian by using modconf.
 
Old 08-20-2004, 01:29 AM   #7
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Ok, lets assume i have everything set up correctly (which i probably dont) How would i get the hda1 directory to show up on the xmms open file menu? My Linux is on hdb1...
Also, I still dont know how to create a mount point for hda1 under /mnt

But i'm learning! Any /mnt help? I'm going to try to manually mount the drive anyways, wish me luck...

Ok, things are proceeding but mtab says theres a bad line when i tried adding /dev/hda1
what should that line read?

When i try to mount hda1, the error is:
cant find /hda1 in /etc/fstab or etc/mtab
Heeeelllllp!

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Old 08-20-2004, 02:41 AM   #8
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OK, I have installed and gotten set up NTFS for Linus.

First of all, you need to add NTFS Support to the kernel, assuming it will not mount.

Go to http://linux-ntfs.sourceforge.net/rpm/instructions.html and follow the instruction to se if you have NTFS Support native. If not, then keep readin about how to get the pkg and install it. all the instructions are right ther efor you to get it working, they are the ones that Iused to get everthing working so tha I cn use XMMS to play my .MP3s.

One note - XMMS will only use Winamp Classic (Read version2.x) skins, and not .wal skins.
 
Old 08-20-2004, 04:53 AM   #9
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xmms is by far possibly the best audio player IMO. But since linux is not about confining anyone to a single application here are a few other very good players.
  • Zinf Manages all your music automatically and can scan your whole hard drive for playlist, mp3, etc. It also organizes them in genres as well all nice and neat.
  • Rhythmbox A player/jukebox more less for gnome but can work without using the gnome desktop. Can do some of the same things as Zinf but uses a bit more cpu and it may very well crash if you tell it to search your whole drive and you try to do other task while it does that. Overall it works pretty good.
  • Noatun My favorite. The skins are limited but are awesome. Has plugins for kjofol interface and lots more. My only complaint.....it uses artsd for sound and KDE's sound daemon does not perform well unless you have it setuid root and real-time priority increased for it. Else it will make all your tunes skippy and scratchy. Without artsd I'd say it's one of the best.
  • Juk Very similar to rhythmbox and has systray integration like Noatun. It's fair. I have not used it much but I'm sure it would get the job done.
  • BMP Works almost as good as xmms. Also uses winamp skins too (.wsz).

A couple command-line based players for you. Why command line? Lets face it, if you listen to audio and play as much video as me then you should be well aware that most players are command line but what you see is a gui or front-end. Gui's and front-ends equal much more cpu power and sometimes just plain out bloat.

Making a playlist and loading it into a command-line player and letting play in the background while you "multitask" is very handy and convenient.
  • mpg123 My guess is you already have this as most Linux boxes do. Just type mpg123 from a terminal and have look at your options.
  • mp3blaster This works great and there's not much else to say about it. All command-line, I think it may use ncurses though I'm not sure.
  • xmmsctrl Basically allows you to control xmms from the command-line. Neat and nifty. Alot of applications like some gdesklets and superkaramba will use this to control xmms.

There are many more I suppose but thoose are just the ones I've tried. Xmms will get the job done if your just looking for a quick fix. For lots more functunality with xmms I recommend you grab all the plugins. General, Effects, Audio I/O plugins at the very least. The visual plugins are nice but add on more cpu power. To make xmms a fully functional multimedia player grab the xmmsmplayer plugin and you can play videos too.

As for the winamp skins and xmms. Their cool to use in a .wsz sense. I could do without the .wal's even if they did port them to xmms.
 
Old 08-20-2004, 12:52 PM   #10
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ummm... johngalt, your reply would be very helpful but i have debian woody, not redhat. will it still work?
 
  


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