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which media player for me ?

Postby dougrb on Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:56 am

Hi everyone ! Been an Ubuntu user for 2+ years, and had my computer explode on me a couple of days ago during an electrical storm (though, I'm not fully sure if that's the cause since I live in an apartment), and as luck would have it, a friend of mine just got a new Macbook, so decided to give me her Dell Inspiron 2650 laptop, which is what I'm typing this from atm.

I decided that I'd go through the distro's that I downloaded and pick one which wasn't Ubuntu this time, and here I am, running 4.0 MInt. My main question for this topic is:

Since the laptop is older (about 6 years old ?) which media player has the best track record w/older hardware in terms of stability and speed ? Also, I'll be running all my music from an external HD for the time being, until I figure out what I want to do with this laptop. So I need a player which isn't resource hungry and doesn't take a year and a day to refresh its database/library, that's first and foremost on my list of priorities.

Also, I test a lot of different DAP's, so I would like it to be somewhat MTP compliant if possible. If not, no biggie. I was using Rhythmbox w/Feisty previously, and it was fine except that in the past couple of months, it would just crash for no reason I could find. I have used Amarok in the past, but had found it to be sluggish and I can't deal w/that on this mediocre old laptop.

So, thoughts and suggestions are very welcome. (gapless playback is a big plus btw...and I don't mean simple crossfade).

Doug
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Re: which media player for me ?

Postby sputty01 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 2:17 pm

Ever tried banshee? it has similar library functions to amarok but it does seem to be a bit more speedy to me, its got mtp support as well. :)
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Re: which media player for me ?

Postby Lantesh on Wed Jun 11, 2008 4:29 pm

I use Quod Libet. It's the most configurable player I've used, and it has the most powerful tag editor I've seen.
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Re: which media player for me ?

Postby AK Dave on Wed Jun 11, 2008 7:10 pm

Mint 4? Go with Daryna-KDE and use Amarok.
Mint 4? Rollup to Mint 5. Banshee is a good gnome replacement for Amarok, but I find Amarok to be the best for me.

Partly depends on what features, in addition to playing music, you want to have. I have an iPod Classic, and I find that Amarok 1.4.9's support is unequalled. For my daughter's Nano (2G, non-video), I find lots of software that does an great job of support. If you don't need portable support, maybe you want streaming audio across a wlan. Amarok would be overkill for that.

But for audio on a laptop, no care of portable player support, I'd say Banshee.

Nevertheless, either upgrade to Daryna-KDE or upgrade to Elyssa. You won't be sorry.
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Re: which media player for me ?

Postby cathbard on Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:18 pm

I'm primarily an amarok man regardless of what desktop environment I happen to be using (and I use quite a few) but if your pc is REALLY slow you may want to have a look at XMMS and maybe Audacious. They are extremely light players that offer more than one would expect.
If loading your playlist is what is slow in amarok because it is large (amarok will handle ridiculously large playlists) you may want to look into using mysql instead of sqlite. It takes a bit of setting up but it makes a massive difference. And hey ... any day that you learn something new is a good day. :wink:
Another option that many people swear by is mpd with sonata as the front end. I haven't tried it yet myself but I know quite a few amarok users that have switched to it. Sonata is a gtk app too so it won't require all those extra qt libraries that amarok needs if you are using gnome.

And for video: on a slow system you just can't beat vlc. It is not only extremely light, it will also play some odd video formats that other players won't touch.
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Re: which media player for me ?

Postby dougrb on Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:29 am

Thanks for the replies everybody. I'll consider all when I get back from Florida in about 6 -7 days. :) I would like a bit of Mp3 player support, as I bought a Sansa Fuze (which is great, but a pain to tag files for) and also own a few other daps, which don't really need mtp support as they're both using ROCKbox and are ums compliant. Fast is key though, as this laptop is 6 years old.

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Re: which media player for me ?

Postby badmotor on Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:48 am

dougrb wrote:Thanks for the replies everybody. I'll consider all when I get back from Florida in about 6 -7 days. :) I would like a bit of Mp3 player support, as I bought a Sansa Fuze (which is great, but a pain to tag files for) and also own a few other daps, which don't really need mtp support as they're both using ROCKbox and are ums compliant. Fast is key though, as this laptop is 6 years old.

Doug


Might I recommed EasyTag for tagging? You just open it, it scans your system, you close it and it asks if you want to tag all your MP3s... Easy.
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