Gmpc 0.19 Review
I’ve installed or built and tried almost every music player app (but for ncurses one :)
available in GNU/Linux systems. Dead projects, whatever fell into my hands. I like to have
a heavy full-featured application, particullary when I’m just listening to music and
searching for new stuff over the internet, I love to see reccommended last fm’s artists, wiki stuff, links, biography, etc….
Because of this I’ve always had Songbird or Banshee + a light app. Up to now.
After a long time, I grew tired of Songbird’s heaviness. I still keep an eye on it, and I love to see how new features are constantly added, it’s just too heavy on my laptop when I have several other apps running, and it’s database is pretty slow (compare with Rhythmbox or the interesting gmusicbrowser ). On the other hand, I’ve always used mpd and its various interfaces as my light alternative for music reproduction.
I had tried gmpc a couple of years ago, and while I wasn’t particullary fond of the
interface, I did like it as it contained several features that the other mpd players don’t offer. Anyway, I ditched it for X app.
However, I’ve been following it again since latest 0.18, and now 0.19, and I have to say I am impressed. The metadata browser is a much better alternative to the last fm’s information area in Songbird’s mashtape plugin, plus providing the reccommended artists list.
It also offers integration with Jamendo and Magnatune, file browsing (much like Ario or Sonata), album view (for us who liked MpdBrowser), and the awesome wikipedia look.
I really like the last one, as I find the browser in Songbird too bloated. It’s a great
idea, but I need less, or more from a web browser. I would like to see it becoming something like this, a browser oriented to music related websites. Leaves you with little choice but to browse your music related stuff. Plus, it loads pages fast!
You may have noticed that the capabilities present in Gmpc are also available in other apps. What I love about it is that they are ALL present in gmpc and well implemented. Plus, the app is still light, not showing up in top when not focused or in use, and eating an approximate 10% cpu usage (mpd included) at the almost unseen half-second peaks. You can also run “easy commands” in gmpc to control it and edit your songs metadata, and as a final note, it fits perfectly in the Gnome desktop, no need to skin it (neither the chance).
Nowadays, Gmpc is my full-featured app AND my light app of choice. Give it a try if you’ve
never used mpd or gmpc, or install it again if you didn’t like it the first time. Sure you’ll keep it.