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Rhythmbox [Nov. 30th, 2003|05:42 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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How can Rhythmbox (0.6.0) be so almost cool yet suck so much at the same time?

I tried it a couple versions ago and it sucked even more, so I guess they're making progress, but man... not too quickly.

And there's nothing fancy going on either... they're just trying to clone iTunes. And it's all a front-end to gstreamer. Why'd they write this in C? It feels like using the Perl GTK2 bindings somebody could whip out a better version in a couple days or something. And incorporate more features, too, like burning a CD from a playlist. And being faster, by using more intelligent/lazy data structures.

Another feature I want is it to be able to do another action on "play" than invoke gstreamer, like invoke a remote play command using some of the MP3::Daemon stuff. Hell, just arbitrary music playing backends, please.

And ID3 tag editing.

Is there any good music player for Linux? xmms is the de-facto crap solution.


But to be fair, Rhythmbox isn't too bad.... it just has a lot of rough edges and shortcomings.

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[User Picture]From: brad
2003-11-30 09:09 pm (UTC)
Minor improvement.... it's still no iTunes, though.
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[User Picture]From: toast0
2003-11-30 10:00 pm (UTC)
there's always mpg123/mpg321/ogg123

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[User Picture]From: crschmidt
2003-11-30 11:41 pm (UTC)
xmms? Hah! I use mpg123! (and mplayer for things that mpg123 chokes on - if there's a file format that mplayer won't play, I have not yet met it.)

Okay, okay, so it's no pretty frontend. And it doesn't do most of what you probably want. But I don't like graphics.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2003-11-30 11:46 pm (UTC)
If you were more hardcore you'd use MP3::Daemon.

But any console solution won't work for a party environment, where people are drunk and just want to change music and don't know Unix.
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[User Picture]From: toast0
2003-12-01 03:09 pm (UTC)
when i was in a dorm, i had my linux box setup so that mpg123 was run by init on console 7 (or something), and if you hit ctrl-alt-del it'd do killall mpg123

if you hit cad once, mpg123 will go to the next song, if you hit it twice quickly, mpg123 will quit, but init will restart it, and if you hold it, init will give up for 5 minutes :)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2003-12-01 03:11 pm (UTC)
hah... cool!
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