Quite recently I was having a lot of issues with my favorite music player – Banshee, it’s kind of laggy on my underpowered laptop but also all of a sudden there’s this bug that makes the GUI interface totally unresponsive so I decided to look at other options.
All the other options like Rhythmbox, Amarok, Audacious for some reason didn’t quite fit what I was looking for so I decided to research for a commandline based Music player & only then I stumbled upon CMUS.
This is how it looks like:
The main thing I was looking for in a music player was that it had to use minimal resources & CMUS does exactly that since it’s terminal based & has no GUI interface. It utilizes ncurses library to interact with user & I think it’s quite user friendly too, it’s quite similar to IRSSI (cmdline based IRC client).
But the main feature of CMUS is that it’s quite customisable and it’s configurations can be easily edited similar to the cmdline based editor Vim. It has all the features I was looking for from a music player like Banshee & interestingly there’s also a plugin called last-cmus that allows you to scrobble tracks to lastfm – http://code.google.com/p/last-cmus/
So far I’m quite satisfied with CMUS and I don’t think I’ll be switching to anything else anytime soon.
Anyway, if you are a CMUS user feel free to share what you think about it! 🙂