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Ubuntu Linux Multimedia Installation

A nice guide for installing common multimedia software under a fresh Ubuntu Linux:

You've just download the latest and greatest version of Ubuntu Linux and it didn't cost you a thing. You breezed through the installation and a brand new desktop is staring you in the face -- now what?

There are a few things you'll need to do if you want to get the most out of your Linux desktop. But don't worry, none of this is too complicated. In fact, it's much easier than trying to do the same on Windows or a Mac.

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BMPx is the successor to the Beep Media Player. BMPx has simple user interface which is simple to use while being very powerful under the hood.

It can play all standard media file such as mp3, vorbis, ac3, wma and other popular formats. You can listen to shoutcast and icecast radio (internet radio or stream) using BMPx. It offers a list of thousands of free web radio station. Just pick your radio satiation and you are good to go.

GStreamer is a multimedia framework used to drive BMP's audio backend. GStreamer is a library that allows the construction of graphs of media-handling components, ranging from simple Ogg/Vorbis playback to complex audio (mixing) and video (non-linear editing) processing. Everything that is playable under GStreamer is automatically playable in BMPx as well.

Install BMPx Audio Player

Simply use apt-get command to install BMPx:
$ sudo apt-get install bmp
Alternatively, you can grab BMPx source code here.

BMPx Linux / UNIX Audio Player
(Fig. 01: BMPx playing my favourite radio station)

One of the best thing about this software is it just works out of box - without constant crashes or weird behavior. Other bmpx cool usage:

  • Listen CNN or BBC news / radiopod
  • Use Last.fm's service
  • Use correct and canonical metadata

BMPx project home page