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. … 🙄


7 thoughts on “An amazing little audio player

  1. el mariachi

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

  2. Jeff Flowers

    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.

  3. el mariachi

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

  4. K.Mandla Post author

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

  5. chris4585

    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 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s