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#1 2014-10-18 01:22:07

matcharles
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From: Gotham
Registered: 2014-07-27
Posts: 20

What is your music player of choice?

Hello all,

I've been struggling to find a good alternative to my itunes (coming from a mac, not windows) that will let me manage my music without too much trouble. So far, I've tried Clementine, banshee, rhytmbox, exaile, guayayaque and none have proven to be what I'm looking for. I'm looking for something lightweight, that can manage playlists, doesn't mess up my artworks and can edit ID3 tags. All of them have had some kind of trouble doing any of this.

So I'm asking what music player are my fellow crunchbangers using?

Thanks smile


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#2 2014-10-18 02:25:42

drl
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Registered: 2013-10-31
Posts: 26

Re: What is your music player of choice?

I just decided to solve this exact problem earlier today, actually. I'm also coming from Mac, and, while I haven't found anything similar to iTunes as a replacement, it seems that Banshee and Clementine are decent alternatives (though I slightly prefer Clementine's organization and playback methods).

I haven't had many problems with these two, aside from not allowing blank song names (a feature that I really loved in iTunes for organizing untitled songs). They do seem to mess up album artwork, but only the ones that iTunes added automatically. You'll need to start an album art folder for the rest, unfortunately. Neither player I've used has had trouble with playlists or tags, though Banshee's tagging system can get annoying. They're both very lightweight compared to iTunes, as well, as neither has had a problem loading my 1,000+ album library like iTunes has on a regular basis. You should explain further what kind of problems you're having with these.

I'm more interested in what audio converters to use, though. I need to convert some FLAC files to ALAC to play them on my iPod, but I haven't been able to get anything working.

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#3 2014-10-18 04:52:11

CSCoder4ever
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From: /dev/zero
Registered: 2013-09-03
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Re: What is your music player of choice?

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#4 2014-10-18 11:38:50

Head_on_a_Stick
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From: A world of pure imagination
Registered: 2014-01-21
Posts: 4,797

Re: What is your music player of choice?

I vote for mpd with a combination of mpc & ncmpc for control & organisation.
IMO it is by far the best sounding player.
Here is my ~/.config/mpd/mpd.conf:

sticker_file		"~/.config/mpd/sticker.sql"
pid_file		"~/.config/mpd.pid"
db_file			"~/.config/mpd/mpd.db"
state_file		"~/.config/mpd/mpdstate"
playlist_directory	"~/.config/mpd/playlists"
music_directory		"~/music/"
log_file		"~/.config/mpd/log"
samplerate_converter	"Best Sinc Interpolator"
audio_output_format	"96000:24:2"
replaygain		"off"
buffer_before_play	"100%"
auto_update		"yes"
restore_paused		"yes"
audio_output {
	type		"alsa"
	name		"Sound Card"
	mixer_control	"Master"
	auto_format	"no"
	auto_resample	"no"
	buffer_time	"10000000"
}

Sound quality greatly improves once the re-sampling is taken out of ALSA's hands...

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#5 2014-10-18 13:36:18

HairlessHippy
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From: Hall of the Mountain Grill
Registered: 2014-07-21
Posts: 67

Re: What is your music player of choice?

Head_on_a_Stick, thanks for sharing your mpd.conf. It got me tweaking mine and it definitely sounds better  big_smile

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#6 2014-10-18 21:46:26

matcharles
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From: Gotham
Registered: 2014-07-27
Posts: 20

Re: What is your music player of choice?

Thanks for your input and sorry for starting the thread in the wrong place smile Ready other thread as we speak!


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#7 2014-10-18 23:21:07

pvsage
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From: North Carolina
Registered: 2009-10-18
Posts: 13,970

Re: What is your music player of choice?

@matcharles:  You're right; I'm preparing to split the posts now...and done.  Thread on FLAC-to-ALAC is now here.

Last edited by pvsage (2014-10-18 23:24:26)

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