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All Linux CD players reviewed

By anglerud in MLP
Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 12:05:00 PM EST
Tags: Software (all tags)
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Every cd player that runs on linux has been reviewed and rated over here.


There are 34 linux cd players, and there is an in depth review of every single one.

There are some interesting findings in these reviews, for example - the kde and gnome cd players both get low scores. Further, several console based players get fairly high recommendations.

Check it out, you might even find yourself a new cd player.

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What should they review next
o Word processors 24%
o IM clients 32%
o mp3 players 32%
o other 12%

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All Linux CD players reviewed | 20 comments (19 topical, 1 editorial, 0 hidden)
software reviews (3.00 / 8) (#1)
by Delirium on Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 01:43:39 AM EST

While we're at it, I could use some reviews of Windows text editors.

[OT] VC++ (none / 0) (#6)
by 11223 on Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 10:40:37 AM EST

Have you tried using the VC++ editor as your text editor? It's got customizeable key bindings, syntax highlighting for HTML, embeds IE for HTML viewing, manages projects, does regexp searches, integrates VIM.... well, it does everything.

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The dead hand of Asimov's mass psychology wins every time.
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TextPad (4.00 / 1) (#7)
by Kinthelt on Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 11:26:50 AM EST

Try TextPad. It's basically Notepad on steroids. It's got tons of goodies. Too many to count. RegExp searching, unlimited file length, block indenting, spell check, just to name a few.

[ Parent ]
Second (none / 0) (#16)
by bjrubble on Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 04:50:01 PM EST

I second that. TextPad was the first software I ever payed the registration fee for, and I considered it a bargain.

[ Parent ]
Hmmm... (none / 0) (#9)
by Morn on Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 12:09:08 PM EST

Deja-vu!

[ Parent ]
Hmmm... (none / 0) (#10)
by Morn on Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 12:09:08 PM EST

Deja-vu!

[ Parent ]
Ugh. I wrote CD Jukebox (4.55 / 9) (#2)
by gblues on Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 02:42:37 AM EST

They gave my baby a 0% :(

Well, it's their own damn fault. They e-mailed me about the problem they were having, and apparently my program didn't like their IDE DVD-ROM drive. Let me dig up the e-mail...

Here is what dmesg says about the drive:

hdd: ATAPI CDROM 48X, ATAPI CDROM drive

No company name seems to appear in the installation guide. It just says "Multimedia CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive".

The code tries to detect the CD-ROM drives by opening /dev/hd[a-d] and /dev/scd[0-9] and attempting to run the ioctl that reads the header. If it finds any drives, it makes symlinks and sets permissions on those devices to allow user-level access, then exits (you can then run it as a regular user for the actual CD player).

So apparently this process didn't like his DVD/CDROM drive :P If anyone can provide me with a clue, or an alternate way of determining wether a given /dev/hd[a-d] is a CD-ROM drive, I might bother fixing it :P I know it works on the mitsumi 4x I have in my linux box, and on the 16x Nakamichi 5-disc changer that the program was originally written for (no other console CD player I know of supports more than one physical drive!).

Nathan
... although in retrospect, having sex to the news was probably doomed to fail from the get-go. --squinky
A strange review (4.50 / 4) (#3)
by ajf on Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 07:13:02 AM EST

I think it's pretty unfair that they've given you 0% because it didn't work on the machine. It would be fairer to say "unable to review" in that case - or just leave it out. I know the title of the story here says "all CD players", but that's obviously not true ... the review doesn't claim to review every single CD playing app as far as I can see. Certainly it doesn't review tcd, the console-based CD player gtcd is based on. (I think tcd's pretty good; it seems to be.)

What's even stranger is the 0% given to cdd ("not reviewed" - so why does it say 0%?) and, even more so, Ucdp ("Good looking console player"!).



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Yeah... (4.00 / 1) (#4)
by 11223 on Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 08:52:55 AM EST

And why the 0% to Synaesthesia, despite the fact that it performs the essential CD playing functions, and in their words, looks groovy? Because it doesn't have everything they wanted?

These folks are morons. I'll now procede to ignore them.

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The dead hand of Asimov's mass psychology wins every time.
[ Parent ]

Synaesthesia (none / 0) (#14)
by anglerud on Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 04:37:10 PM EST

Proceed with the ignoring...

The 0 awarded to synaesthesia is a bit unfortunate, it's just that the php code I have in place did not allow for a 'not scored'. However, the score as a cd-player still wouldn't have been significantly higher. The player doesn't get a score for being able to play a cd, I assumed that it would be able to perform this task. As a said in the review though - it's not primarily a cd-player, so it probably shouldn't be there at all.


[Scientific study] is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it the grace of tragedy.
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Missing players (none / 0) (#15)
by anglerud on Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 04:42:43 PM EST

I think that you might be right. I'll try and change my php code to include a 'did no review' and a 'could not review' section/score

There are a coupld of players that I could not locate, tcd was one of them. The source seems to have dissapeared into the ether.


[Scientific study] is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it the grace of tragedy.
[ Parent ]
Strange reviews, yes (5.00 / 1) (#8)
by simmons75 on Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 12:02:04 PM EST

I really don't understand why kscd got such a low rating. It has worked fine for me in the past. In fact, it sits in the KDE tray right now. It has a weird Windows-like quality--autoplay. Works fine. Legacytheme (the theme engine that allows GTK pixmap themes to be used) seems to foul up the LED display, but otherwise, it's hard to screw up a CD player. Maybe it's the fact that it's so KDE-centric? :-/

As far as the ratings are concerned, part of it seems to be whether or not the reviewer could get the CD player to work on their machine. Ugh. If I used such simplistic ratings, I'd give XMMS a 0%--although that would be unfair, since I use supermount and that fouls up XMMS's abiility to read audio CDs, for some reason. (Try playing mixed-media CDs under XMMS sometime; that's fun. :-)

poot!
So there.

[ Parent ]
KSCD's low score (4.00 / 1) (#12)
by anglerud on Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 04:23:24 PM EST

KSCD plays cd's allright, but it just isn't a particuly good player overall. There are players that are very much better. KSCD doesn't react quickly enough for my liking, and feels sluggish. It's also devoid of a lot of the features that I looked for (such as per-cd play lists).

The differences between players aren't as large, or as noticable as between for example word processors, and therefore it may seem that some of the reviews are unusually harsh. I'd encourage you to get a couple of the players from the top half of the list, and see for yourself how they compare to kscd.

As for the players that got 0's because I couldn't get them to work - a small explanation is needed. We were two reviewers originally, but the other one didnt' have time to do more than two reviews. If he had been able to participate more, there would have been significantly fewer 0's for this reason. Being hardware related, my particular setup caused some of the problems. It was fo rthis reason that it was intended for those players to be reviewed by Azazel, and not me.

However, I still feel that if an application does not work, then a zero is justified. The site, and reviews are meant for end users, and if they don't work - the players shouldn't get anything more. Playing a cd is something that I take for granted on my machine, and a task that most platyers handled fine.

Rikard (the reviewer)
[Scientific study] is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it the grace of tragedy.
[ Parent ]
KSCD's low score (none / 0) (#13)
by anglerud on Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 04:24:59 PM EST

KSCD plays cd's allright, but it just isn't a particuly good player overall. There are players that are very much better. KSCD doesn't react quickly enough for my liking, and feels sluggish. It's also devoid of a lot of the features that I looked for (such as per-cd play lists).

The differences between players aren't as large, or as noticable as between for example word processors, and therefore it may seem that some of the reviews are unusually harsh. I'd encourage you to get a couple of the players from the top half of the list, and see for yourself how they compare to kscd.

As for the players that got 0's because I couldn't get them to work - a small explanation is needed. We were two reviewers originally, but the other one didnt' have time to do more than two reviews. If he had been able to participate more, there would have been significantly fewer 0's for this reason. Being hardware related, my particular setup caused some of the problems. It was for this reason that it was intended for those players to be reviewed by Azazel, and not me.

However, I still feel that if an application does not work, then a zero is justified. The site, and reviews are meant for end users, and if the programs don't work - the players shouldn't get anything more. Playing a cd is something that I take for granted on my machine, and a task that most players handled fine.

Rikard (the reviewer)
[Scientific study] is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it the grace of tragedy.
[ Parent ]
Easy fix... (4.00 / 1) (#11)
by pb on Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 12:44:15 PM EST

Also check the master devices; my IDE DVD-ROM drive just uses /dev/hdb. I patched your program to only check those, and it worked fine for me; you'd probably want to make it check both...

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[ Parent ]
Yeah, I know about that bug. (none / 0) (#19)
by gblues on Sat Jan 13, 2001 at 03:52:25 AM EST

I never did bother fixing and updating the freshmeat archive :P But I sent an equivalent patch to the reviewer, the patch seemed to apply ok, but he got the same messages. *shrugs* who knows. IANALDDD (I Am Not A Linux Device Driver Developer).

Nathan
... although in retrospect, having sex to the news was probably doomed to fail from the get-go. --squinky
[ Parent ]
Well... (none / 0) (#20)
by pb on Sat Jan 13, 2001 at 03:37:14 PM EST

I'm sorry that didn't fix their bug, but I'm glad it fixed mine; now I can use your CD player! :)

(I like the cool ASCII digital read-out, but I think I'll stick to cdplay; it does everything I need from the CLI...)
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[ Parent ]
wmsvencd (none / 0) (#17)
by Sven on Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 06:32:26 PM EST

Wow, this is the best (and only?) review wmsvencd has ever had. Unfortunately they seem to have done the review on the old version.

Remote CDDB is now supported using libcdaudio, which is pretty cool if you're into that sort of thing. Changing volume is also supported using the scroll-wheel on the mouse. On the negative side, I think they were a little too kind in saying that hardware control was flawless, I've had feedback from people who had problems with it (though it works for me). They also said that it's actively developed, which isn't really true either.

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harshbutfair - you know it makes sense

Good news about wmsvencd (none / 0) (#18)
by anglerud on Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 11:41:22 PM EST

I'm glad to hear that remote cddb is now supported. Wmsvencd is one of the players that I found myself using after the reviews were done. I spent a few days with each player during the reviews, and wmsvencd left me thinking - hey, if only...

I'll certainly be downoading 1.0pre3 and giving it a whirl. I'll update the review once I get home.

I'm currenly working on another batch of reviews, and I'm thinking that perhaps I should do things a bit differently this time. One of the things thart I'm thinking about is to email the review to the author of the program before I put it up. Would you have preferred me to do that with this review? Is there anything else that you would have wanted me to do differently?


[Scientific study] is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it the grace of tragedy.
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