Now that you know that you don't need to mount the CD, how do you actually play it? In console mode, there is a program called cdp which plays audio CD's.
|If you're running X, you'll want to take a look at xplaycd, written by Olav Woelfelschneider. It has a great user interface. Unlike many other CD players, It runs on vanilla X; no widgets or libraries are required, so installing it is about as easy as it gets. If you have Redhat, the RPM is called Multimedia and you also get xmixer and a few other things. Note that this package has so few 'dependencies' that I was able to install it on my SuSe system, no problemo, which from my experience is unusual. You can compile xplaycd and xmixer from source; they come in a package called McTools and McTools-lite.|
|A basic, utilitarian audio CD player is xltcdplay, written by Warren W. Gay, which is based on the LessTif graphics library. It requires that you have the LessTif library installed. This library is GPL, so is freely available for all Linux users.|
|My personal favorite is xmcd, written by Ti Kan which was written using the Motiff widget set. Features include shuffle, repeat, track programming functions, a numeric keypad and track warp slider for direct track access. Additional functions include sample play, A to B segment play, volume control, balance control, stereo or mono routing options, multi-disk changer capable, etc. If you have a PPP connection going, It even queries the CDDB so you see artist/CD title/track name while the music is playing. Cool! It probably has everything you've ever wanted.|
|The bare bone mixer is dubbed xmix, written by Hal Brand. The only option is to make the mixer long with the sliders side by side instead of stacked. Hey, it works! Isn't that good enough? No? Well, read on, MacDuff...|
|xmixer is a fantastic mixer. It's the companion mixer to xplaycd (see above) and was written by Hal Brand. The thing has a bazillion features and configuration options. It comes with any package that gives you xplaycd, and like xplaycd requires no libraries or widgets, meaning you can use it as long as you can run X.|
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