Friday, January 30, 2009

How To: MPD/MPC with Ubuntu

For a few months now I wanted to try mpd mainly out of curiosity. Music Player Daemon (mpd) is a music server and mpc will be the client used to interact with the server. This how to will look at a localhost server of mpd.

Prereqs: Enable universal repositores in /etc/apt/sources.list

Installing & Configuring Software:
In terminal:
sudo apt-get install mpd mpc paprefs
Next we need to set up Pulse Audio.
Go to System->Preferences->Pulse Audio Preferences
Check "enable network access to local sound device" & "Don't require authentication"
Set up mpd.conf (use your favorite text editor)
sudo gedit /etc/mpd.conf
Add the following to the config file:
audio_output {
type "pulse"
name "Local MPD Output"
}
In the mpd.conf file, look for "music_directory" and change the corresponding path to your music directory.

Next, we shall build the database. In terminal, type:
sudo mpd --create-db
Finally, restart mpd by:
sudo /etc/init.d/mpd restart
Using mpc: mpd/mpc is higly scriptable so I recommend create some bash files for yourself. You will find the manual to mpc here: http://linux.die.net/man/1/mpc

Example: Add Radiohead to current playlist
mpc search artist Radiohead | mpc add
mpc play
Good luck

Further Reading:
http://mpd.wikia.com/wiki/What_MPD_Is_and_Is_Not
http://mpd.wikia.com/wiki/Hacks

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