An amazing little audio player

Edit: Unfortunately, the images originally included in this post are gone, because of hosting problems in late 2009. My apologies.

I’m a big Audacious fan, and I love everything about it. But AlsaPlayer, which I discovered while messing with Slitaz, is winning me over quick.

First, it has none of the knotted mess of dependencies that Audacious has, which means I can compile it on simpler systems (like my CruXO) without having to weave through all the subpackages too. The interface is almost pure GTK2 so it follows your theme to the letter. (Don’t get me wrong: I like the way Audacious looks, it’s just that it’s sometimes a little out of place, no matter what I do to it.)

Best of all it can handle streaming audio too, so you can run it over the Internet for your favorite radio stations. I haven’t tried Real audio or some other proprietary formats, so I have my doubts about those — but mp3 and ogg are working great for me.

I leave it to you to investigate all the visualizers and playlist management options. I give it a big thumbs up for being light, fast, customizable and full-featured.

As a side note to Arch users, the version in extra actually disables the GTK2 interface, as well as the OpenGL visualizer. Edit that to restore those compilation flags, and get the goodies.

P.S.: Note to self … since AlsaPlayer’s configure routine senses the available “codecs,” it would be wise to have those installed before compiling AlsaPlayer. … :roll:

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7 Responses to “An amazing little audio player”


  1. 1 el mariachi 2008/02/08 at 4:48 PM

    how do you enable the gtk interface?

  2. 2 el mariachi 2008/02/08 at 6:53 PM

    forget that last comment.. I figured it :D
    btw: new Kazehakase version out — time to get that abs running

  3. 3 Jeff Flowers 2008/02/08 at 9:59 PM

    I prefer console players and another option is to consider the current version of mpg123, which is now being actively developed again. It has gapless and replaygain support and when called with -C, it activates advance keyboard control (forward, backward, next, prev, pause, etc). It compiled easily on Arch.

  4. 4 K.Mandla 2008/02/08 at 10:20 PM

    @ el mariachi: Yup. Let me know if xulrunner 1.8.1.11 crashes when you install it. I’m still trying to find out if it’s something I’m doing wrong, or something that’s broken in the package.

  5. 5 el mariachi 2008/02/09 at 6:29 AM

    it worked fine. I just installed xulrunner from the repos and then used abs to compile kazehakase. everything works fine :D

  6. 6 K.Mandla 2008/02/09 at 7:15 AM

    Ah, okay. I did the same thing and recompiled 0.5.2 against the 1.8.1.11 in the repos and it worked fine. I wonder why I couldn’t just run 0.5.1 against my version of 1.8.1.11 … ? No matter.

  7. 7 chris4585 2008/03/09 at 12:35 AM

    I found alsaplayer probably somewhere on ubuntuformums, not sure where, but i absolutely love it, i didnt even know it could do visualizations till i read this post :)


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