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Orpheus is a light-weight text mode menu- and window-driven audio player application for CDs, internet stream broadcasts and files in MP3 and Vorbis OGG format. Brief list of its features follows.

  • Text mode user interface
    • Based on the ncurses library
    • Provides windows, menus and dialogs
    • Configurable color schemes
    • Configuration is done with dialogs
  • Player
    • Supports MP3 (through mpg123), OGG (with ogg123), CD tracks and internet broadcasts
    • Saves and loads playlists
    • Provides quick access to recent lists played
    • Can combine CD, MP3 and OGG tracks in the same playlist
    • Edit MP3 and OGG ID tags feature
    • "Repeat track", "Repeat play list" and "Random" play modes
    • Play list sorting and search options
    • Auto-generated currently_playing file which makes it possible to easily find out from other applications what is playing now
    • Internal mixer controller
    • Command line interface for controlling an already running instance of the program
  • Network
    • CDDB information retrieval for CDs
    • HTTP proxy support
    • Auto-load of the Internet radio presets directory from the network
  • Distributed under the GNU General Public License.

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    Fails to build on 64bit systems


  • Release 1.6 from 13 May 2006


  • ChangeLog
    The GNU License

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