vitunes: vi fans, rejoice!

I use vim everyday on two different machines, but I don’t count myself as a giant vi fan. It does the job without too much hassle, and that’s all I really ask for.

On the other hand, if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool vi-head, you can tally another little console application that follows the keystrokes of The Great One. Here’s vitunes.


Exactly as it claims, vitunes dishes out the music with the traditional keystrokes and commands of vi. I can’t find any fault there, considering as many programs as I find that lack what they claim.

It took me a few minutes to get started. Here’s a quickstart for you, so you don’t have to hunt around just to try it out.

vitunes -e init
vitunes -e add music/

That much should at least let you take it for a test drive.

As for myself, I’ll stick to moc. I can understand the love some may have for vi-like applications, but music “managers” go against my grain.

So let’s see: vitunes, vifm, ranger … what else?

6 thoughts on “vitunes: vi fans, rejoice!

  1. CorkyAgain

    I suppose I’m what you would call a vi-head, preferring vifm to mc as I do.

    But when it comes to music, I’m still using mcplay (a rewrite in C of good old cplay). I’ve been hacking on it now and then, to read ID3 tags and to use elinks-style keys for navigating directories. I should probably clean up my code and submit some patches.

  2. MrFrood

    Please, please, please… If you are going to review audio players can you also comment on the quality of the audio they produce. I myself have found a wide variance in the quality of audio output from the many different players and audio backends available. Without doubt in my experience gstreamer based stuff is the poorest sounding. I myself use MOC because of the way it sounds (I have it outputting to JACK).

    NB: Nice to have you back blogging 🙂

    1. K.Mandla Post author

      Thanks, it’s nice to be back! 🙂

      I probably should comment on audio quality, but I have to be honest: My hardware setup is pretty poor to start with. I can hear differences between machines because of the nature of their components, but I don’t feel qualified to make judgements on sound quality.

      And besides, would you really take advice on audio output from a person using a 12-year-old laptop as a benchmark machine? 😆

      1. CorkyAgain

        Actually, yes, I would. Because anything that sounds good on your ancient machine will probably sound good on more powerful machines too.

        Benchmarks tests with cutting-edge hardware aren’t very useful, really. They’re like the software “tests” that I remember developers doing at Microsoft: it worked on their quad-core umpty-megahertz machine with oodles of RAM and a high-end video card, so there shouldn’t be any problem releasing it to the world at large… “What do you mean not everyone has a machine like that? Everyone *I* know does.”

        My main machine, fwiw, is based on a second-generation Atom processor. So it’s not that much more powerful than your old laptop.

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