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Deadbeef: GTK audio player lite (on resources not features)

Postby mzilikazi » 2010-05-29 23:18

I had not heard of DeaDBeeF until very recently. It's a simple media player built w/ GTK2 and doesn't need Gnome. I also recently discovered a new repo from Hadret that contains......(drumroll please)......yep - Deadbeef. You really owe it to yourself to try it out if you like GTK and simple.
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su
cat >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/hadret.list << EOF
deb http://hadret.rootnode.net/debian/ unstable main
deb-src http://hadret.rootnode.net/debian/ unstable main
EOF
wget -O - http://hadret.rootnode.net/debian/duckbill.key | apt-key add -
apt-get update
apt-get install deadbeef

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Re: Deadbeef: GTK audio player lite (on resources not features)

Postby emariz » 2010-05-29 23:29

I read about it a couple of days ago, while checking Hadret's links. Rhythmbox already does everything that I need but I like to try light applications. I'll try DeaDBeeF in a virtual machine later this week and come back with comments. refracta might also be interested in this player, for his still-goalless-project.
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Re: Deadbeef: GTK audio player lite (on resources not features)

Postby refracta » 2010-05-29 23:39

goal goal goal.....gotta get a goal....oh look a media player.... cool :lol:
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Re: Deadbeef: GTK audio player lite (on resources not features)

Postby craigevil » 2010-05-30 00:16

Looks pretty cool. Definitely looks like a nice lightweight audio player, it would fit nicely in with LXDE. Much easier to use than lxmusic which uses xmms2.

moc and shell-fm do everything I need.
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Re: Deadbeef: GTK audio player lite (on resources not features)

Postby mzilikazi » 2010-05-30 00:40

I did not know what this meant:
DeaDBeeF (as in 0xDEADBEEF) is an audio player for GNU/Linux systems......

But Urban dictionary explained it well:
0xDEADBEEF 39 up, 6 down
1. The hexadecimal word-fill pattern for freshly allocated memory under a number of IBM environments, including the RS/6000. Some modern debugging tools deliberately fill freed memory with this value. 2. Geek-speak for dead/gone/erased/eliminated/removed

Oh yeah - it does gapless playback too.
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Re: Deadbeef: GTK audio player lite (on resources not features)

Postby julian67 » 2010-05-30 01:32

I like that it includes the option to display the composer tag. Most audio players omit this. It seems a nice player and less demanding of memory than audacious, exaile and similar. CPU use on my desktop is a tiny bit higher than with mpd+gmpc. I find CPU use depends mostly on the samplerate conversion settings, though if I use moc I can enable the best setting and it still uses next to nothing of the CPU. I think deadbeef makes a very good alternative to console only or to database based players. I prefer it to other (filesystem based) graphical players, especially the fancy but useless ones. Players that can't manage gapless playback or some other core playback task but have a gazillion plugins for twitter, album art, pidgin, cd writing, ripping, badly implemented tagging etc. strike me as hopelessy ill conceived. Deadbeef impresses me for getting the important stuff right. And it builds into a deb with no fuss, no weird new build system, no off the wall dependencies. I might even keep it installed.
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Re: Deadbeef: GTK audio player lite (on resources not features)

Postby refracta » 2010-05-30 01:41

me likey, resource usage about the same as goggles/alsaplayer but looks nicer
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Re: Deadbeef: GTK audio player lite (on resources not features)

Postby nadir » 2010-05-30 10:23

6.2 MiB + 2.0 MiB = 8.2 MiB alsaplayer
12.1 MiB + 2.1 MiB = 14.1 MiB deadbeef-main
Not sure what i am doing wrong. But i seldom use alsaplayer anyway, so deadbeef's ram-usage (in that result) would be fine for me:
10.4 MiB + 1.1 MiB = 11.5 MiB xmms2d


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Re: Deadbeef: GTK audio player lite (on resources not features)

Postby dbbolton » 2010-05-30 10:41

julian67 wrote:I like that it includes the option to display the composer tag. Most audio players omit this.

Quod Libet's paned browser view, by default, uses a "People" pane, which, as far as I can determine, is a superset of "artist", "composer", "performer" and so on (and subsets thereof, like 'albumartist', 'originalartist').
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Re: Deadbeef: GTK audio player lite (on resources not features)

Postby jwmollman » 2010-05-31 05:44

This is beautiful. I'll have to give it a try. I've been searching around for an extremely light audio player. The simple interface of DeaDbeeF kind of reminds me of foobar2000, which is what I use on Windows.

Actually, I just installed it, and it's really nice! Something else I noticed, it can accept foobar2000 eq files. Wow! It sounds very good and clear too! I think I may have found a replacement.
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Re: Deadbeef: GTK audio player lite (on resources not features)

Postby Parsifal » 2010-06-17 12:03

I just tried this out, and it seems very promising, albeit primitive (as is to be expected at this early stage of development). I'll be sticking with Aqualung for now, but if DeaDBeeF supports LADSPA plugins in the future and has a means of specifying output sample rate (I didn't spend a lot of time looking through the settings, but there didn't seem to be such an option at first glance) I'll be very tempted to make the switch.
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Re: Deadbeef: GTK audio player lite (on resources not features)

Postby arinlares » 2010-06-17 21:18

I'd started using this on a different distro (Arch, there was a post in the forum) just as I was looking for something better than Audacious 2 (really only meaning one that could play internet radio). I happened to find the deb on Sourceforge for it, and it runs great every time I use it. For how light it is, it's the best music player I've used yet.
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Re: Deadbeef: GTK audio player lite (on resources not features)

Postby handheldCar » 2010-07-03 22:43

Can it stream radio stations?
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Re: Deadbeef: GTK audio player lite (on resources not features)

Postby mzilikazi » 2010-07-03 23:16

handheldCar wrote:Can it stream radio stations?

Indeed.
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Re: Deadbeef: GTK audio player lite (on resources not features)

Postby stevepusser » 2010-10-19 04:21

Just an update--there's a new version 0.4.2 out, and the developer has Lenny-compatible debs available for download, or you can rebuild from the source in his PPA.
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