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qmmp music and Amiga MOD player

Who wants another retro buzz? Well I always to, so the other day, when I wanted to listen to some of my Amiga modules. Course we have a phenomenal amount of players these days.  I just wanted something that would simply play, nothing fancy, well maybe a couple plugins or what not..


I came across qmmp and as you can see the little play-list to the left may look familiar to some of you, just with a little tweaked decoration.

  • Xmms and Winamp 2.x skins support
  • 10-band equalizer
  • MP3, Vorbis, AAC, AAC+ streams support
  • MMS support (experimental)
  • MPRIS
  • Removable device detection (via HAL)
  • Video playback via Mplayer
  • Lyrics (using lyricsplugin.com)
  • Cover art
  • CUE sheet support
  • Embedded CUE support (for FLAC and WavPack)
  • Multiple playlists
  • Automatic charset detection for cue files and ShoutCast metadata
  • Playlist formats: m3u, pls, xspf
  • ReplayGain support
  • Last.fm/Libre.fm scrobbler
  • CDDB support, oh the list is quite impressive for a wee program!

For those that don’t know, a MOD file contains a set of instruments in the form of digital samples, a number of patterns indicating how and when the samples are to be played, and a list of what patterns to play in what order. The Amiga was famous for this format in which it was invented on, I could drone on about it, but lets get playing them!

Get your Terminal up and simply put

sudo apt-get install qmmp

Let it do its magic, then in your Applications:Sound & Video menu, you will find the little fella Qmmp for you to run.

There are plenty things to play around with, first you should add some files to the playlist. Click the little “PL” button on the right, and up should pop the playlist window. Click + then file or directory. When its filled the list with your selection, press play. Simple.

Ok now we want to play with prefs, cause this is what us Ubuntu users like to do! Right click the player window, select Preferences and the window will pop up for you. Have a look around for the plugins, click it, and de-select any decoders you wont use, just to save some memory. Then in General I selected Scrobber for last.fm scrobbing (also for libre) and also Status Icon.

For your skins, goto appearance, then click on add.. Of course you will need some skins first. You will see I have both the AmigaOS skin.

and the Gnome skin.

Of which I got from the fabulous 1001 winamp skins. Just search for them or whatever you like.

Enjoy your little player, its a joy to use and its very good with streams also I noticed.

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