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The more I use XMMS the more I realize it's junk. WinAmp can play just about anything you throw at it, but XMMS can't even figure out how to play files that don't have the right extension. This is Linux, right? Extensions optional? I don't suppose anyone knows of a different Winamp clone that works better, do they?

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You can try Beep Media Player.

It is a fork off XMMS, originally just to get to GTK-2. Dont know that it will solve your problems though.

Anyway, it's open source, you could always add your own file detection stuff instead of bitching.

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GQMpeg is okay too. GQMpeg

I don't really know what your problem with XMMS is -- it plays just about everything. SHN, MP3, OGG, MOD, S3M, etc.

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Let me look into my crystal ball, you are a RedHat user?

Seriously, the canned distro's don't provide a "full" build of xmms; RedHat in particular doesn't include .mp3 support (out-of-the-box) due to patent/legal/royalty issues.

mplayer is another option, though it's designed to be a movie player it will play audio as well. I think xmms better for this though.

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"Extensions optional" doesn't mean that programs can magically guess file types. It just means that the third to last character in the filename does not have to be a dot. So, to answer your question, yes, a lot of programs in Linux will still rely on the last couple characters of a filename to determine what it is, instead of looking at the first couple bytes of the file.

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Original post by Xetrov
You can try Beep Media Player.


Wow, that's nice! The new GTK interface, at least. It still has the same file detection problems XMMS does. It just seems silly that it can't look at the first few bytes and go "hmmm, RIFF, why, this looks like a wav!"

I'll give the others a look too when I have more time. I'm using Debian, btw.

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Give JuK for KDE a try. It's a simple iTunes style interface which is very easy to use and is great for setting up playlists. I don't know if you agree, but I think Winamp/XMMS have terrible user interfaces. They've both got lots of tiny little buttons you can barely see or click and the playlist management is awful.

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I have written my own music player, it's like Juk but with a IDEAl style UI (like KDevelop). I've kept it simple, just the features I needed (tag editor, playlist manager, monitors directories for new music files, a drag n drop playqueue so you can easily select what you wanna hear next without having to create a playlist for one occasion). All it needs is a decent icon (I'm no artist).

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I like wxMusik, but rhythmbox/amarok are good for gnome/kde (muine would be good, but it uses mono, so it doesn't work to great if you use nptl)

Xmms is made a lot better by the mplayer plugin for it though (there are 2, one crashes all the time, one works)

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