Creative Commons cafe - looking for music player software

Olafur Arason olafra at
Fri Mar 31 21:02:16 UTC 2006

Vlc seems to have both osd and visuals, they don't work for me on a
ppc but they might work for you, but osd works. It has a basic playlist
and a fullscreen mode and is skinable.

This is what you have to do to turn on osd, go to preferences->
Interface->Control Interfaces and mark xosd, then go to ->xosd and
click advanced options and paste this into Font:
Then choose a more cool color like Orange
The xosd doesn't show a larger font.

Hope it helps.

Olafur Arason

On 3/30/06, Sean Hammond <sean.hammond at> wrote:
> Hmmm... well the goom plugin for xmms works, it slows down a lot if
> you try to go fullscreen, but I suppose if I turn the resolution of
> the monitor right down it'd work, and as long as it doesn't crash
> that's good.
> The goom plugin even displays the artist and song name when the track
> changes, but you don't seem to be able to configure it to display
> other fields or to change how it displays (i.e. keep it up there,
> don't fade it out).
> We want to display: artist, track name, album name, an extra note
> about where you can buy or download the album (which we'll put in some
> tag), and another note about how The Forest only plays free as in
> freedom music (again, in some tag that we'll apply to all the files).
> The OSD plugin only has an option to display the track name, so it's
> no good, we need more than that.
> Also XMMS's GUI doesn't seem ideal, especially for searching a large
> music library. If we could get plugins for BMP that would be better,
> but I feel something like Rhythmbox or Banshee would be ideal. That
> GUI approach is much more suited to our use case - basically we can
> point the app to a music folder and have it play random tracks from
> that folder, if an artist rips his CD onto the machine (we'll
> configure SoundJuicer to rip to the right folder in ogg vorbis) then
> it'll automatically appear in the music player, or it should, the next
> time the folder is scanned. The non-playlist focused approach is more
> suitable to a cafe environment, where someone might go up to the
> computer search for a track or album, and set that to play next, and
> it's easy to set it back to playing everything again afterward. They
> just don't have the plugins to display the info we need.
> We could actually use the 'Small display' view of rhythmbox, which
> displays the artist, song name and album name, and then could run some
> other pretty animation app or something behind it... this new small
> mode for banshee would be even better:
> because it also
> displays cover art. Also Banshee has tag editing built into it which
> will be useful, although it doesn't support mass-tagging. Not sure
> exactly what we'd run in the background though. Any stand-alone
> visualisation apps?
> Muine might work quite well... the GUI only has one mode, but it
> displays the necessary info about the song along with the album cover,
> it has good functionality for searching a folder of music and adding
> things to the playlist, and if we combine it with some of its plugins,
> like MuineTagger...
> Maybe we can actually do some hacking to integrate the necessary
> pieces of software for this?
> On 3/29/06, Olafur Arason <olafra at> wrote:
> > Xmms seems to the best option, it has xmms-goom and xmms-osd-plugin.
> > Goom does visualisation and the osd plugin shows information on the screen.
> > Rhythmbox has a plugin for osd it's called gnome-osd, but I'm not able to find
> > a visualistion. Totem has goom but no osd. There is osd-xine also but there
> > is no package for ubuntu, so you have to build it your self.
> >
> > Olafur Arason
> >
> > On 3/29/06, Sean Hammond <sean.hammond at> wrote:
> > > Okay, so there is a cafe here in Edinburgh, The Forest
> > > ( The forest includes a space for
> > > independent musicians to record, perform and sell their music, and the
> > > cafe plays only non-copyright music from these musicians and
> > > downloaded from creative commons sources.
> > >
> > > The cafe plays music from a computer that is connected to a projector,
> > > they would like to be able to display information through the
> > > projector about each song as it plays - artist, album, how much you
> > > can buy it for at the forest or where you can download it from, plus a
> > > tagline saying 'the forest only uses creative commons music' or
> > > something. I guess all that could be stored in the meta-data of the
> > > music files.
> > >
> > > So does anyone know of a FLOSS music player that can run fullscreen,
> > > perhaps but not necessarily displaying some visualisation, and
> > > displaying this information about each track as it plays, either when
> > > the song starts or throughout the track?
> > >
> > > The Forest also has a mac, so any free (of cost) mac software would
> > > also be worth knowing about, but proper FLOSS is preferable.
> > >
> > > Recommendations?
> > >
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