Music Players

Ubuntu provides access to various music players. One of the most popular is Xmms, a Winamp clone, which in the full version can play not only music, but MPEG1/2/3 video as well. Xmms (see Figure 10.9) supports a number of plug-ins that can add dancing, lighted oscilloscope-like displays, redirect its output to other devices, support unusual file formats, sync animations to the music, and otherwise increase its geek appeal exponentially. Xmms used to be included in the base Ubuntu distribution, but has now been shifted to Extras, so you will need to use yum to install it.

Figure 10.9. The ever-popular Xmms music player, seen here playing a local MP3 file.

Figure 10.9. The ever-popular Xmms music player, seen here playing a local MP3 file.

The default music player is Rhythmbox, which is designed to play music files from playlists and Internet radio stations much like Xmms. It is found in the Sound & Video menu as the Music Player menu item. You can also use it to subscribe to podcasts available through the Internet. Figure 10.10 shows Rhythmbox working with podcasts.

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