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#101 2010-07-26 15:28:39

From: Vietnam
Registered: 2006-09-16
Posts: 263

Re: How do Archers play their music?

upsidaisium wrote:
kinhodder wrote:

I use mplayer for music, on the grounds that it's already installed for video, and seems to cope well with lots of file formats.

The following is aliased to 'play', so I can just cd into an album directory and get listening:

mplayer -playlist <(find "$PWD" -type f | sort -n)

I cheat when it comes to keeping stuff organised: iTunes on my Mac does the job for me, and its Music folder is rsync'd to the machine running Arch once a week.

I've been thinking about doing something like this -- thanks for the tip smile

Rather than cding around at the prompt, I thought it might be nice to just play albums from within the Midnight Commander. But I've never really played around with mc menu items before, so I was only able to come up with the simplest hack:

= d
P       Play album with Mplayer
        mplayer %f/*

Works for me, but could probably be better?

edit: maybe this is a bit nicer..

= d
P       Play album with Mplayer
        cd %f
        find "$PWD" -type f | sort -n > ~/.play
        mplayer -playlist ~/.play

Last edited by upsidaisium (2010-07-26 15:53:40)

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#102 2011-06-18 11:41:08

From: Romania
Registered: 2011-03-03
Posts: 73

Re: How do Archers play their music?

mpd with ncmpcpp also.


#103 2011-06-18 18:28:30

Registered: 2011-04-12
Posts: 630

Re: How do Archers play their music?

UMplayer :



UMplayer works very well and has a nice GUI. you can also watch/record youtube and it's cross-platform...

i just started using it recently, it's become my default media player and I like it quite a bit.



#104 2011-06-18 21:49:46

From: pdx
Registered: 2010-10-08
Posts: 91

Re: How do Archers play their music?

For music I've been using Audacious in the places where I need a gtk player. It does 24-bit out of the box and I love a couple of its DSPs, especially the dynamic range compression and extra stereo plugins. I have a desktop with Intel HDA running plain alsa/samplerate_best going to my home theater system. Sounds very nice actually.

With KDE I usually use Clementine although I've been meaning to give QMMP a try.

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#105 2011-06-18 22:03:09

From: Sweden
Registered: 2009-01-27
Posts: 277

Re: How do Archers play their music?

I have everything sorted in folders like
music/artist/year - album

I normally play these using the regular mplayer from the CLI. Pretty basic but I find it gives me less headaches in the long run.


#106 2011-06-19 05:43:38

From: Your computer, okay?
Registered: 2010-06-22
Posts: 175

Re: How do Archers play their music?


(I used to use Listen Music Player, but have since switched Clementine. I'm not overly fond using a CLI-based music players).

My file organization is exactly that as barzam's.

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#107 2011-06-19 09:22:04

From: Anaheim, CA
Registered: 2010-02-01
Posts: 165

Re: How do Archers play their music?

Nicely organized by artist, then by album.  I'm a recent MPD convert.


#108 2011-06-19 18:45:59

Registered: 2010-10-22
Posts: 2,141

Re: How do Archers play their music?

Loud, hard and fast.  Often using a turntable, as a lot of underground punk and hardcore only comes on vinyl.  For the rest, there's ncmpcpp.


#109 2011-06-19 19:04:49

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Re: How do Archers play their music?

/%artist%/%album%/%artist% ~ %tracktitle%


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#110 2011-06-22 18:48:32

From: Denmark
Registered: 2011-05-10
Posts: 38

Re: How do Archers play their music?

I have a well-organized collection of albums stored on a seedbox and on external drives, with maybe a hundred current and perennial favorites mirrored on my main hard drive for day-to-day listening.

99.5% of the time, I listen to albums rather than individual songs.

As for players, I use mpd and ncmpcpp.


#111 2011-06-27 04:36:22

From: Illinois, U.S.
Registered: 2010-07-16
Posts: 154

Re: How do Archers play their music?

MPD + Sonata for me!

When I'm away from the battlestation, I use Ampache to stream my collection.


#112 2011-06-27 07:14:52

Registered: 2010-11-07
Posts: 265

Re: How do Archers play their music?



#113 2011-06-27 10:13:32

Registered: 2008-02-10
Posts: 224

Re: How do Archers play their music?

mpd/ncmpcpp and pmix/mpdroid if I'm not sitting at a keyboard smile

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#114 2011-06-27 23:34:26

From: Denmark
Registered: 2010-06-19
Posts: 681

Re: How do Archers play their music?

I use mplayer2(-gapless-audio) from the terminal and just give a directory(with added * afterwards) as argument to queue up and play... I still have full control with hotkeys over the usual things like changing tracks, seeking, vol, etc. etc.

I have every album stored as:

~/music/artist - [year] album/nn - title

and for VA:

~/music/albumartist - [year] album/nn - title [trackartist]

So I can just type a few letters of the band and tab into the wanted album and then add a asterisk after the dirname so that mplayer will queue up and play the whole album like a playlist.

If I needed a ncurses interface player instead, I would use cmus...

Also, If I wasn't a cli lover, then defenetelly deadbeef...

Last edited by mhertz (2011-06-28 23:05:25)


#115 2011-06-29 13:26:39

Registered: 2011-06-07
Posts: 52

Re: How do Archers play their music?

I use Foobar2000 through Wine. I have tried many music players, but I haven't found one for Linux that views playlists well, plays Internet radios without a hassle and scrobbles to


#116 2011-06-29 13:33:27

From: Warsaw
Registered: 2009-07-19
Posts: 10

Re: How do Archers play their music?

I recommend qmmp - lightweight, fast, simply, very similar to Winamp.


#117 2011-06-29 14:36:22

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From: Chicago
Registered: 2008-06-09
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Re: How do Archers play their music?

MaTachi wrote:

I use Foobar2000 through Wine. I have tried many music players, but I haven't found one for Linux that views playlists well, plays Internet radios without a hassle and scrobbles to

Give deadbeef a try. I use it and I like it a lot.

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#118 2011-07-03 02:50:15

From: Glasgow, UK
Registered: 2007-06-18
Posts: 559

Re: How do Archers play their music?

Towards the end of last year, I ripped my entire CD collection - off the top of my head, over 300 CDs, 7000 tracks, or about 28 days' worth - as FLAC to a 1TB external drive. It's now hooked up to a plug device - fanless and silent, of course - running MPD under Plugbox Linux (Arch for ARM, essentially) with a USB soundcard. I control it with Sonata, or from my phone with MPDroid. The ARM in the plug - actually rather antiquated compared with the ones you find inside phones - isn't really up to transcoding (I tried it once, FLAC to MP3: 9min for a 3min track... no, that's not going to work), so I haven't set up a streaming solution yet; at the moment if I want to listen in another room or use headphones I just mount the directory over NFS on my netbook and use Deadbeef.

It's been a few months now, but it still puts a stupid grin on my face every time. Arch: is there anything it can't do? wink

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#119 2011-07-06 01:37:15

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Registered: 2010-12-29
Posts: 92

Re: How do Archers play their music?

pokraka wrote:

Am I the only one here who listens mainly to real CDs, and even vinyls or the occasional demo tape?
I don't have any audio file on my computer, except the ones I ripped myself from my collection for sharing with friends.

I rip ALL my CDs to the computer. I keep the CDs in a binder away from my desk as hard copy backups. In digital format they are much easier. I can change tracks with the skip of a button, I can create mix tapes, and insert bits of audio into mixtracks and video, and it uses less power and makes less noise than a physical drive.

I have a nice set of logetic surround sound speakers which I am happy with, and enjoy my music in 5.1 surround sound via rythm box and rip with asunder.


#120 2018-11-28 19:57:52

From: Dallas, Texas
Registered: 2010-09-10
Posts: 131

Re: How do Archers play their music?



#121 2018-11-29 08:28:50

From: Lower Puna, Big Island Hawai'i
Registered: 2017-10-26
Posts: 115

Re: How do Archers play their music?

I use VLC for both audio and video most of the time. Reading some of the comments makes me think that I should perhaps explore some other options. ;-)

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#122 2018-11-29 11:28:43

Registered: 2015-09-04
Posts: 260

Re: How do Archers play their music?

qmmp: It goes very well

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#123 2018-11-29 13:12:22

Registered: 2018-08-23
Posts: 31

Re: How do Archers play their music?

ranger + mpv

In my opinion music should be really listened to not just a background element. I truely pay attention to stuff like: Pink Floyd, Linkin Park, Beatles, Evanescence, Indila, Leonard Cohen, Maroon 5, etc. big_smile That's why i don't use music players, one track at a time...

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#124 2018-12-07 22:47:08

From: USA
Registered: 2009-07-14
Posts: 150

Re: How do Archers play their music?

m47h4r wrote:

In my opinion music should be really listened to not just a background element.

Oh how I wish that I could listen to music while slogging through code at work... but my brain won't allow it and still be productive.

As for home...

Many, many moons ago, I slapped a headless system into the stereo rack and stuffed the Raid 1 drives (that's saved my butt, and a bunch of music, over time) with my tunes in FLAC format. That system has a trayless disk enclosure, so I can swap drives like some sort of gonzo sized CD.

Listen to a lot of concerts (think so moc has worked well with this setup; simply ssh from any system in the house and fire up a night that some taper has lovingly captured. Started with mpd in those days that drives were measured in (not very many) GB, but the database indexing was a buzz kill during a late night drive swap.

Then I screwed up and purchased a higher end DAC, headphone, amp but placed them next to my stratolounger (which I call my "cockpit"). Now this gear was "over here" but my music was still "over there" in that other room. Probably could/should have solved the problem with NFS, but took a different route instead.

Decided to roll up my sleeves and apply some programmer foo to merging moc with the rsound library, and it went surprisingly easy/well. Now I ssh into the headless system (like normal) but squirt the bits over the wire (or even wireless) to my "cockpit" in their (sometimes not so) glorious 16/144100 infidelity.

Yup, I realize there's MPD, or VLC, or even the forbidding PulseAudio (among others) for that. But, at the time, I was obsessed with bit perfect for some reason (remember that craze?) and not sure what those did/do to the bits. Actually, it was mostly just a personal itch I wanted to scratch.


#125 2019-02-14 20:23:42

From: Acworth, Georgia, USA
Registered: 2016-02-19
Posts: 59

Re: How do Archers play their music?

None of the above.  I'll listen to the Xfinity YouTube app while working. big_smile

Last edited by RickDeckard (2019-02-14 20:24:01)


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