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Lightweight music player for Xfce (Lenny)

Asked by [ Editor ] , Edited by Luis Uribe [ Admin ]

What lightweight music player would you recommend for using with Xfce on Lenny?

I’m looking for something with a nice UI if possible (target users have no experience with Linux apps, and probably WinAmp is all they have used before). Please note that I don’t necessarily expect something like Amarok, but at least it shouldn’t look like it was developed in the past century :)

Even when it may be obvious, I’ll mention that I need something that’s already packaged for Debian. And since it’s going to be used on systems that have Xfce as a DE, it should be something that doesn’t pull hundreds of dependencies.

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helmut [ Editor ]

As far as I know xmms is a music player which is very similar to WinAmp. (It could even use WinAmp themes.) My experience dates back a few years though. The package got replaced by xmms2 in lenny. Now xmms2 has a bit more complex architecture (it comes with a dedicated daemon). I’d estimate that it still comes with limited dependencies. (If not, try installing with aptitude -R install xmms2.)

NN comments

Hi helmut, xmms is exactly the kind of app that I had in mind (should have mentioned it in my question). Like you say, that package was replaced by xmms2 since Lenny, but I haven’t tried the new one. As tornow suggested a nice xmms2 frontend, I’ll give it a try. Thaks for the tip!

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tornow [ Editor ]

Try alsaplayer-gtk.

audacious might be not the style you like.
aqualung is not as heavy as amarok, but not what i would call lightweight.

Lots of people at seem to lilke deadbeef.
It is not in the official repo (as far i know). I know that it is in hadret’s repo.
(all the others i mention are in the official repos).

You may have a look at the xmms2 frontends:
gxmms2, esperanza and some more.

I use xmms2 from cli or gnome-mplayer as a gui one
(cause gnome-mplayer comes with the iceweasel-plugin gecko-mediaplayer for squeeze anyway)

NN comments

Hi tornow, and thanks for your answer. audacious looks like the kind of program I was looking for. In fact I remember sawing it this morning on the official list of recommended apps for Xfce, and for some reason I thought it was “audacity” (the audio editor) and didn’t consider it as an option. Thanks for reminding me of that app. DeadBeef might also be a very good choice, but unfortunately hadret’s PPA seems to be for sid only. On the other hand, esperanza also looks good and it seems lightweight indeed. I appreciate your suggestions.


@alex oh, sorry i didn’t realize it was mainly for sid. check here: in case you desperately want it. Perhaps ask at the Mepis forum if it is compatible to Debian or not (i tend to stick to the repos too :–) as you might know hadret is a regular poster here, perhaps he will have a say on the matter. good luck.

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oz123 [ Editor ]

This is one of those questions which has no really a correct answer …
So here is my two cents:

NN comments

Even though you are correct in that there is no single correct answer all your answers fail to come with lenny packages as was requested in the question.

true, I have not seen it – but nothing prevents him from installing them from source on Debian Lenny. I am making an assumption that he knows how too :–)

: I know how to install a program from source, but the reason why I asked for something “already packaged for Debian (Lenny)” is that I don’t want to spend time finding dependencies related to development libraries or diagnosing error messages derived from the build process (which are likely to happen when compiling a multimedia program). For this particular case, I just need something that can be installed by issuing an apt-get.

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alex [ Editor ]

First of all I'd like to thank to all the people that helped me with their suggestions and recommendations. They were all useful in some way or another, and they pointed me in the right direction.

That being said, I'll just add some comments that might be helpful for users looking for the same thing.

audacious : even if it's not the most lightweight audio player, it's the closest thing to XMMS that I've seen so far ( which is exactly what I wanted, and should have been mentioned in my question :-) )

DeaDBeeF : it's an interesting program, and I guess that could be defined as "the foobar2000 equivalent". I believe this is a relatively new program, and as it's usual with Debian, there's no official package. To be completely fair, an ITP report was filed on April (although 10 months later, there isn't anything concrete yet, and the package is on the git server waiting for review). Maybe with some luck by the time Wheezy ships, we'll have DeaDBeeF packaged ;-)

A couple of options to get it working without needing to compile it where mentioned in the answers. None of them work for me. However, in the download section of the website there's a portable binary that has no external dependencies and can be run without any problems.

Besides, Mr. Smirnov (author of DeaDBeeF) maintains a github repository from where the program can be built from sources, following more closely the Debian Way. For those that are interested, here's how to do it.


Merry Christmas!,


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