Friday, August 7, 2009

Music Player Review: Music Player Daemon Explored

This old review has been migrated to my new website here:


Dread Knight said...

Very cool looking players. I hope Banshee will get the header improved like that.

Too bad they're a bit more tricky to set up.

Anonymous said...

You're better off running mpd as your own user. For one, it's the only real way for it to connect to pulseaudio, since that really dislikes if another user wants to access your instance of the sound server.

It could probably be gotten around, but configuring it would be far more difficult than just running as your user.

KimTjik said...

Unfortunately I'm not a non-techie person, but I did start using MPD quite early in my exploration of Linux.

Anyway, I would just like to add that MPD is great on media centres. Many nowadays build their own ones. Since options for mini-PC are far greater and cheaper than ever before more folks build one.

On top of MPD you can also run different Webb solutions. Some are only designed to control MPD at its location while others use MPD as a back-end for streaming.

If somebody thinks MPD looks too much, I would recommend them to at least give it a try. After some time you'll find all kinds of possibilities of how to use it.

Anonymous said...

It should be possible for Ubuntu to ship (or have in the repositories) versions of Ario, Sonata and other MPD's GUIs that are already configured for easy installation: running as your own user, using by default the music folder, etc.
And let the techies dive into more advanced configurations of MPD.

Marius Gedminas said...

If you ever figure out how to make mpd share the audio device with the currently logged-in user, tell the world!

I consider myself a techie user, and I failed, after many attempts and RTFMing of both the mpd wiki and the pulseaudio wiki.

gQuigs said...

@Anonymous, dcruz, marius gedminas
I oddly never did realize the MPD did this. There are several options, the one I would likely choose would be uninstalling pulseaudio :P.

@KimTjik - Agreed, MPD is powerful. Glad to hear it is working well for you.

Paul Kishimoto said...

@Marius: I have in /etc/mpd.conf (among other config):

audio_output {
type "pulse"
name "PulseAudio Output"

...and it works flawlessly (in the sense that I can make hideous noise by playing YouTube videos and mpd audio simultaneously).

MPD has kept me (to some extent) out of those ugly debates about Rhythmbox vs. Banshee as a default audio player. I like that it is low-fuss. I agree about setup—perhaps some utility could maintain symlinks from /var/lib/mpd/music/ to each user's XDG music directory (/home/$USER/Music or similar).