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Music Open Source Software

Groove Basin: Quest For the Ultimate Music Player 87

An anonymous reader writes "Andrew Kelley was a big fan of the Amarok open source music player. But a few years ago, its shortcomings were becoming more annoying and the software's development path no longer matched with the new features he wanted. So he did what any enterprising hacker would do: he started work on a replacement. Three and a half years later, his project, Groove Basin, has evolved into a solid music player, and it's still under active development. Kelley has now posted a write-up of his development process, talking about what problems he encountered, how he solved them, and how he ended up contributing code to libav."
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Groove Basin: Quest For the Ultimate Music Player

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  • Winamp (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ichthus ( 72442 ) on Tuesday April 22, 2014 @07:13PM (#46819061) Homepage
    Get an old copy, because it still whips the llama's ass.
    • by antdude ( 79039 )

      In Linux and Mac OS X? :P

      • For this I still keep going back to XMMS (the original). Tried the various successors but it felt like there were less features and keyboard controls with these.

        I only need to find the right file to load .flac files, but then again almost everything is ripped to ogg vorbis q10 anyway.
      • by ichthus ( 72442 )
        You inspired me to try installing my old version (5.08d) in wine to see what would happen. Works great!
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Winamp classic got it right. It looks like a tape player, it works like a tape player, only it plays mp3's. It doesnt eat up my whole system to do it, even when i put a 1000+ song playlist in it. And it doesnt try to be my all encompassing multi-media front-end / librarian.

      Well it does.. but you can turn that shit off.

      VLC is great too... except it chokes if you throw more than a couple dozen files at it.

    • I'm listening to Winamp 5.666 right now. Winamp is still being actively developed. [] I strongly prefer it over things like iTunes and Amarok. The compact design that hails from the era of 800x600 being a common resolution is very nice, the playlist is very compact yet the font size is configurable and the list is resizable, and if I want to listen to anything I know, I just hit "j" and start typing. The only things that are remotely as good are clones of Winamp. Ugly full-screen grey-white music players with
      • If you were a 90s Winamp kid and haven't downloaded the last version and hit "Nullsoft Winamp..." in the right-click menu, you should, and watch the credits roll to the end.
  • Clementine (Score:5, Informative)

    by Atmchicago ( 555403 ) on Tuesday April 22, 2014 @07:20PM (#46819093)
    A fork of Amarok. []
    • This is my audio player of choice. Lyrics on the player Window. No problems setting up any hotkeys. Reasonably configurable interface. Doesn't look like it was made in 1998. Reasonable song information management. All those online music platforms which I do not use. By far the most well rounded player in Linux.
  • by wjcofkc ( 964165 ) on Tuesday April 22, 2014 @07:20PM (#46819095)
    Was I just listening to streaming pirated music before the "server down" errors started?
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Server fall down, go boom.

  • by bananaquackmoo ( 1204116 ) on Tuesday April 22, 2014 @07:46PM (#46819237)
    I just wanted to say, this is relevant to my interests
  • I can't wait until someone re-invents the wheel. Again.

  • by nowsharing ( 2732637 ) on Tuesday April 22, 2014 @08:33PM (#46819487)

    The Ultimate Music Player would be a solid port of Foobar2000 to Linux. Groove Basin...not so much.

    • by xeoron ( 639412 )
      Foobar2000 runs perfectly under WINE on Linux and OS X []. I have been using it for years without any problems. So far, the only flaw I have found is that it does not find new music placed into your media folder after it finishes scanning for new files during start-up, so you have to restart the thing to help it find music just added.
      • by SIGBUS ( 8236 )

        Foobar2000 runs perfectly under WINE on Linux and OS X []. I have been using it for years without any problems. So far, the only flaw I have found is that it does not find new music placed into your media folder after it finishes scanning for new files during start-up, so you have to restart the thing to help it find music just added.

        For values of "perfectly" that include pops, clicks, distortion, and lack of 24-bit support, in my experience.

    • by xvan ( 2935999 )
      For each music player "news" on /. someone complains about Foobar2000 on Linux...
      Can you tell me what makes it superior to MPD?
      • by SIGBUS ( 8236 )

        Foobar2000's big win is in its music library handling. You can view it by folder, by genre, by artist, by album artist, or make up your own sort criteria (including sorting by any tag that you might define). Nothing else I've tried even comes close.

      • by Warma ( 1220342 )

        Regarding your base question, foobar2000 is simply an extremely powerful, sufficiently minimalistic, extremely easy to use and extremely configurable music player with a clean interface and support for every format I can think of, including esoteric Amiga tracker stuff. In it I can also organize and control music by superior means to any other program I know of, by the virtue of its easily macro-able tagging and renaming functions. In pure functionality and usability in a single-computer environment, MPD, o

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      What about DeadBeef?

    • The Ultimate Music Player would be a solid port of Foobar2000 to Linux. Groove Basin...not so much.

      OOh it's annual piss on someone's parade day, same as every day!

      The poster posted a long, interesting article about building a good (as defined by a list of features, including things like lack of glitchiness and UI responsiveness), solid music player using open source software. The article covered in quite entertaining depth almost every layer of the stack from libav to web interfaces to automatic volume adju

  • Web Based? (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    So its web based? Thanks, but no thanks.

    Call me old fashioned, but I like my web browsers and music separate.

    I do web development for a living, and I've even built my own front end to mpd in HTML5 (and a backend controller, so technically not a front end to mpd the daemon, but it handles the UI part). Its integrated into my HTPC software. I moved to a WD TV live about a year ago, for Netflix, but I've since got netflix working on my HTPC (via Pipelight) so I'm moving back when I can get some new, more effic

  • 288kb of optimized, "true to original" playback. []

    Only downside? No scaling options for dpi :(.

  • I don't know what he has against Amarok, he could have the same funcionality (or at least very close to) if he had writen some plugins for Amarok.
    Actually it would be better, because lots of other people could use it without the need to change players.
    The one thing I miss for Amarok is a good Android remote control with a widget, there is one at the Play store but it is old as hell and doesn't have a widget and the source code is not published.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      He liked Amarok 1.4, not the direction they went with the 2.0 rewrite. Why develop plugins for abandoned code?

  • So a usable web interface to manage a playlist of my media collection, sounds interesting. Now I just need an easy way to pipe the audio into my house and turn it off when watching something on TV. An XBMC plugin would do it.
  • DeadBeef thats is []

  • by Anonymous Coward

    If you use windows, tomahawk is really cool. it can play from pandora etc..., connect to Gtalk etc....

    on Linux I prefer mpg123. just kidding!

  • I'm sure it works for the author and I'm all for 'if you can't find what you want, build it yourself', but I'm also sure he's the only person who will appreciate it.

    • by vargad ( 1948686 )
      I use mpd as desktop music play for several years, I also use it on my raspberry-like box. I miss a decent web gui, I isn't a must have, but nice to have feature. Sometimes I would like to listen to music from my browser far away form home. It seems this music player know everything I need, and has even mpd compatible interface, so the desktop client I use with mpd should also work with this. If I would design a music player, it would be exactly the same. I'm seriously considering migrating to Groove Basin.
  • Not sure what's wrong with the Swiss Army knife of media players. It wouldn't surprise me if it could actually play a spreadsheet.

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