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CLI audio players for Linux

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What would life be without music? Given the proper codecs, in Linux you can play almost any digital audio format. Linux has many graphical applications that can do the job, such as Amarok, Rhythmbox, Audacious, and XMMS, all of which provide an intuitive user interface, playlist sorting, and various other options. But what if you want low resource usage so you can play tunes on aging hardware? Here are some alternative players for the Linux command line.

At the top of the list comes mp3blaster. Out of all the CLI audio players I worked with, mp3blaster was the most comprehensive and feature-full. It has an ncurses interface, and once you familiarize yourself with the keys you'll find it fairly easy to renounce other audio players.

You can navigate the interface with the arrow, Enter, and Backspace keys. F1 alternates between file and playlist mode. If you want to add songs to the playlist, enter file mode, select some audio files using the spacebar, then press F1 again to add them to the current playlist. Press F3 if you want to automatically select all files. F2 inverts the selection.

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