Any generic (non-wm-specific) audio players?

Nikolas Britton nikolas.britton at
Thu Jun 22 11:05:01 UTC 2006

On 6/22/06, Gary Kline <kline at> wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 21, 2006 at 05:51:32PM -0500, Nikolas Britton wrote:
> > On 6/21/06, Gary Kline <kline at> wrote:
> > >
> > >        I would probably save weeks trying to turn FBSD into the kind of
> > >        "Desktop" or window-manager platform I want by just using my
> > >        Ubuntu platform.
> > >
> > >        I'm still stickng
> > >        with CTWM.  On my Ubuntu servers there is amarak(sp?) which is
> > >        my favorite audio-only apps so far.  Is there anything like this
> > >        that doesn't require desktop-specific libraries?
> > >
> >
> > cplay!!! It's in ports under
> > audio/cplay. cplay is just a, python based, curses front-end so you
> > will also need to install a back-end (ogg123, splay, mpg123, mpg321,
> > madplay, mikmod, xmp, or sox), I recommend splay.
> >
> > I've attached the default .cplayrc config file, copy it to your home
> > directory if the port doesn't automatically install it (I don't think
> > it does)... and read the man page for cplay.
> >
> >
>         Does cplay play streaming audio?  The KDE app does and I am
>         really getting into some one the new drums and ambient(?)
>         stuff.  Wow.  Anyway, curses is fine.  Thanks for the config
>         file.

Download the streams playlist file (.pls, .m3u, etc.) and then add it
to cplays playlist like you would with a normal mp3... That's how I do
it, I have not looked for a better way to do it because it's good
enough for me... It also depends on the back-end your using and what's
in your cplayrc file...

You could also launch the stream at the command line, you'll still
need to manually download the playlist file first:
$ cplay radio_paradise.m3u

If you do this:
$ cplay
It won't automatically fetch the playlist file, I think it's simply an
issue with the back-end player... maybe mpg123 (or another back-end)
can automatically fetch them... I don't know... have not tried.

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