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Re: Audio players


On 27 February 2011 13:10, Jean-Pierre Vidal Piesset <jpxsat@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Mike:
> 2011/2/26 Jean-Pierre Vidal Piesset <jpxsat@xxxxxxxxx>
>> 2011/2/26 Mike Nokel <mnokel@xxxxxxxxx>
>>> Hi!
>>> I have just tested some audio players in my Lubuntu Maverick and I want
>>> to share my experience with you. First of all, my testing machine was Asus
>>> EEE PC 1015 pn. It has Atom N550 inside and 2 GB of memory.
>>> Firstly, I have installed deadbeef. I don't know whether it is a bug or
>>> not but after playing from one to three songs it stops playing at all. So
>>> this player was removed.
>>> Then I have read about audacious in this mail's list. I have installed it
>>> and it looked very nice, but used ~28% of my CPU. This was too big for me,
>>> so this player was also removed.
>>> Then I have found decibel audio player. This one used ~18% of my CPU and
>>> had very simple, but nice interface.
>>> I have also tried pogo audio player. It used ~16% of my CPU.
>>> So, now about two winners in this small compettion in my opinion. First
>>> of them is pragha. It is very fast, has simple but nice interface, is coded
>>> in C++ and uses ~14% of my CPU. And the second is alsaplayer. It has nice
>>> interface, equalizer and some available plugins that can imitate winamp
>>> style. It uses ~12% of my CPU. So I think that this is the best one for me.
>>> P.S. All of these players use nearly the same amount of memory.
>>> P.P.S. All digits were taken from htop utility.
>>> Best regards,
>>> Mike Nokel
>> Mike:
>> I tried severall players for Lubuntu, and for me audacious win because:
>> - CPU doesn't get over 18% on an P3 at 768(1000) mhz
>> - It was the app consumming less RAM among all (this is a hard point to me
>> because at the time i did those tests i use to have 256ram)
>> - I can throw to it almost anything, it's codecs are very large
>> The amount of CPU you're experiencing it's maybe due that you tried it
>> freshly installed or changed from GTK skin to winamp skin or viceversa... in
>> those cases the cpu consuming gets crazy (don't know why). Just try it after
>> a reboot without touching anything to the conf :)
>> In an old machine i have, it is the only player that i could get to work
>> without messing with the sound output.
>> Julien also commented something about audacious development that was a
>> good thing to Lubuntu...
>> Anyway, i will test those players you're pointing, maybe effectively one
>> of them is better than audacious... i'm having some desapointments with the
>> latest versions of it (but i hope they will fix it)
>> --
>> Jpxsat
> Decibel has gstreamer dependecies... something that in Lubuntu i don't think
> we are very friend of.
> Pogo and Pragha are not in the repositories (at least for 10.04) so it
> generates a problem for the Lubuntu team as they have to take in charge
> another package... (and so, i didn't even tried them)
> Alsa-Player is in the repos, no huge dependencies and it really impressed me
> about the cpu consumption, but taking a quick look at it, resulted that it's
> a very incomplete software... starting with the fact that it has no autoplay
> :( Audacious if a little more heavy for the CPU but it's a very complete
> piece of software ;)
> --
> jpxsat
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Just a quick question. I have been using exaile for years now on gnome
and was wondering if it would be suitable? It has some gstreamer
dependencies though so if this is a deal breaker I guess not. The only
thing is I have been using it as a full features program on a quad
core box and it idles along under 1% cpu usage but I don't have the
ability to test it on older hardware so thought I'd just mention and
see if anyone has the ability to test this or not.


Jared Norris JP(Qual) BBehSc(Psych)

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