Well, i’m not talking about Amarok, neither XMMS. Actually, i’m not even thinking of a GUI music player. I’m talking about mp3blaster. Mp3blaster is an interactive text-based Mp3 Player. So, if you are looking for the best Linux Mp3 Player you’re not on the right page. For a good list of choices, have a look at Binny’s Top 10 Linux MP3 Players. there you’ll find the right player for you.
Back to my player. Why in the world i’m using a text console based player? Hello!!! We are in the 21 century, you may say. That’s the point. This is the century of the applications that swallow all the CPU and memory available. The last thing I need is that a simple application, (like Audacious, my current GUI music player), to use a lot of my humble (computer) resources.
Mp3blaster works in a similar way to Xmms or WinAmp, there are play and stop buttons, the shuffle and repeat mode option and so on, as well as a menu-based playlist. It supports mp3, ogg, vorbis, wav, and sid audio files. Also it offers the possibility to divide a playlist into albums. There is also a simple mixer utility.
The quick way to install it (in Ubuntu) :
nongeek@mma:~$ sudo apt-get install mp3blaster
You can always download the latest version from SourcefForge.net.
I use the player in the virtual console (CTRL-ALT-F1), so no matter what I do in the X session (e.g. logging out to change the user) the music it’s running and it’s costing me almost no resources.
By the way, what Mp3 Player do you use?
If in Windows you were used with the Win key combinations, perhaps you would like to use it in Linux too. Here is a short tutorial about how to activate the Win keys in Linux.
First we will set the Windows key behaviour.
Go to System>Preferences>Keyboard.
Go to the Layouts tab and press the Layout Options button.
Open the Alt/Win key option.
Select the “Super is mapped to the Win-keys” behaviour.
Close the windows.
Now, that we have set the key behaviour, let’s make some Windows like shortcuts.
Go to System>Preferences>Keyboard Shortcuts.
Go to Window Management section.
Search for “Hide all windows and focus desktop”. Click on it.
Now will change the default shortcut with the one we want. Press the <WIN><D> combination.
Close the window and test your new shortcut. It works?
Now you can use the Win-keys the same way as in Windows or create the combinations you like.
For a tutorial about locking the screen with <Win>L in other distros then Ubuntu read the “How to lock the screen in GNOME” article.
For a list of most used GNOME and Nautilus shortcuts read “Top 15 shortcut keys in gnome and nautilus”
I installed the BB (sudo apt-get install) bb package on my system. I read that it was an ASCII art demo, so I said to myself “Interesting, I should have a look”. And I did. Well, it’s amazing what those guys did using ASCII software library. Here are some screenshots about what this demo is about:
By the way, did you know that you can play movie in ASCII with regular media players like VLC and MPlayer? If you want more information about the subject, check this post on ubuntu forums.