No, audio week is not over. I have a small surprise for you.
That’s cvlc, a text-based companion to vlc that comes equipped with a lovely ncurses interface.
You probably didn’t know that was there, did you? Well, if you have been around since the end of 2009, you might have seen it on (ahem) some other blog.
If you’re a vlc fan or user, cvlc might be something you already know and love. For anyone else, you can pluck this little gem from the ether with a terse
cvlc -I ncurses in your favorite command-line interface.
Press h for a help screen; the list there will show you how to use both the playlist and media browser.
Honestly this is just as effective and useful as almost any audio player we’ve talked about so far.
The downside of the thing, if I must be plain, is that I know of no way to separate cvlc from vlc. In other words, install one, and you have to get the other.
Maybe that’s not a problem for you; in all seriousness it’s not a problem for me on this system.
On the other hand, if you’re working on a pure text-only system, you don’t want the unnecessary baggage. Qt, graphics libraries, blah, blah, blah.
If you’re better versed in cvlc/vlc than I, and you know of a way to cleave the two, please speak up. I for one am dying to know. … 😐