Category Archives: Audio

Tomahawk, or why Clementine got the axe

Each new music playing program that I try brings me a little closer to perfection. From Banshee I moved to Clementine, because Clementine can link to my online Spotify account and play my Spotify playlists. But it was a problem for Clementine when a playlist contained both online tracks and tracks from my own PC — when it got to a local track in the playlist it would just stop and refuse to play further. So Clementine is no longer my darling, now I’ve tried Tomahawk. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on June 16, 2014 in Audio, Audio, Music players


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The Buddy System

I have — I blush to admit it — peculiar ears. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Audio


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Burning and ripping CDs and DVDs

Burning DVDs

Note: In many jurisdictions it is illegal to copy music CDs and video DVDs or to reproduce their contents. Generally speaking, the only works you are allowed to reproduce are those over which you hold a legal copyright. The instructions that follow are intended to cover that situation only. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 16, 2013 in Audio, Backup software, Multimedia


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Banshee – which doubles as a video player – opens in a window with the familiar panel layout. The left panel shows the location of several types of media files, plus some online sources of music. A central panel shows a list of artists and some album cover images – these are downloaded from the web when new tracks are added. A track list is at the bottom of the screen and a Find box at the upper right. Clicking on a file type, artist, album cover or location will filter the track list to display matching files. Select ‘Library’ at the left and ‘All Artists’ and ‘All Albums’ at the top of their respective lists to display all tracks. An optional panel at the bottom of the screen can find and display Wikipedia entries or YouTube videos for selected artists. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 12, 2013 in Audio, Audio



Music, music, music!*

It’s appropriate that there should be three ‘music’s in the title of this post (and the song it comes from) because today I want to write about the three music applications that I currently use. Mint, of course, like Ubuntu, comes with Rhythmbox. which I happily used for a while but eventually abandoned because — as an ordinary user, not a code-tweaking maven — I couldn’t get it to make a smart playlist which would search my collection of MP3 tracks on the basis of their track number. (Why should I want to do that? Carry on, gentle reader, and all will be revealed). I also found it flaky in other ways — an impression that was confirmed just now when I went to start it up and check that I wasn’t inadvertently lying to you. First startup — Rhythmbox froze and had to be killed with the Force Quit applet from the panel. Second startup — nothing happened at all. So Rhythmbox has been given the boot. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 28, 2011 in Audio, Linux Applications, Music players


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