[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu mp3 players, again
ammonius.grammaticus at gmx.co.uk
Wed Jul 1 08:06:53 BST 2009
Alan Pope wrote:
> 2009/7/1 Rowan <rowan.berkeley at googlemail.com>:
>> Dear all: is anyone aware of an MP3 player for Ubuntu which will
>> play MP3 audio files directly from Ubuntu's own files, without the
>> necessity of compiling its own library first?
> Yes, all of them.
> ...Simply navigate to a folder containing MP3 files, double click one
> and it should (by default) open with the default media player 'Totem'
There are two things going on here, aren't there? You can simply play
any old MP3 file with Totem, Rhythmbox, VLC media player or whatever:
navigate to the file, right click on it, and choose from 'Open With'.
But you can also have Rhythmbox or Songbird, or Banshee, etc, manage
your music library. And to do that, the software has to create and
maintain a database (sometimes called a 'library') of the music, which
it does by scanning your music folders and adding the music to its
database ('compiling' a database in the ordinary sense of the word,
rather than the technical computing usage).
As far as I know, any application that manages your music library in
this way is going to have to create and maintain a database of some
kind, even if it does it in the background (as WinAmp does - though IIRC
you can force WinAmp to rescan the library manually: see the WinAmp
The applications you can use in Ubuntu - Rhythmbox, Banshee, Songbird,
etc - just have the good grace to ask you before they do this! ;-)
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