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One thing I find myself missing while in linux is Windows Media Player. I used it for everything from watching DVDs to playing MP3s. I realize there are great programs ...
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    All-ecompassing multimedia program?


    One thing I find myself missing while in linux is Windows Media Player. I used it for everything from watching DVDs to playing MP3s. I realize there are great programs for linux that handle usually only one of these features, but is there an all encompassing programming that will allow me to watch movie play mp3s sort my media etc?

    Amarok is awesome for music!

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    MPlayer will play just about anything you can throw at it. My only gripe is no DVD menus but thats about it.

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    Xine is also good for all of the above. I don't know about the DVD menus though.
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    i vote for mplayer and xine

    xine does handle dvd menus unlike mplayer but mplayer i think is a more powerful all encompassing player. For example with the appropriate codecs you can play flac, mp3, oggvorbis, wmv, wmv9, dvd's, avi, xvid, real (i think), shorten, wav, etc............to name a few

    check out mplayer
    check out xine
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    Quote Originally Posted by spencerf
    i vote for mplayer and xine

    xine does handle dvd menus unlike mplayer but mplayer i think is a more powerful all encompassing player. For example with the appropriate codecs you can play flac, mp3, oggvorbis, wmv, wmv9, dvd's, avi, xvid, real (i think), shorten, wav, etc............to name a few
    Correct me if I'm wrong here, but can't both Mplayer and Xine handle all of the above codecs? I know I've had no issues with mp3, ogg, wmv, wmv9, dvds, or avi files in Xine.
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    mplayer handles more, overall. However, it's at a cost - there's been increasing pressure from various organizations that may shut the operation down because AFAIK the way they get around some of the more, ahem, proprietary codecs is by using the actual dll's. It always was a little dubious in that regard, but as far as range, it covers a very wide arc.

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    Correct me if I'm wrong here, but can't both Mplayer and Xine handle all of the above codecs? I know I've had no issues with mp3, ogg, wmv, wmv9, dvds, or avi files in Xine.
    You are probably correct because mplayer utilizes other programs to do most of these things...for example flac for flac, lame for mp3, but mplayer does come with some powerful stuff like ability to watch tv, and the super powerful almighty (lol) mencoder.
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    amaroK for Music, mplayer for video (although Totem with gstreamer engine is getting better and better)

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    You might want to check out VLC as well. I use Kplayer (which is based on Mplayer) and Kaffeine. Those packages usually cover everything I need to play. Sometimes - if a media resource is being stubborn - I use Mplayer from the command line, and that often helps me resolve things.
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    Madman is excellent if you have a large mp3 collection (like me). It is basically a music manger, and it uses XMMS as it's backend.

    Not to get opinionitive, but Amarok sucks. And Songbird (in beta) copies itunes almost exactly Including it's huge memory drain (which makes it suck)
    And not changing the subject, foobar2000 is great for Windows.

    A bummer that i have not so far have watched a DVD under linux. Slap accross the head for me.

    This post was not meant to be too opinionitive

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