[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu mp3 players, again

mac 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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