So, two Music Player Daemon (MPD) clients made it through my first review waves. Which was then followed by a “face off” or two. I generally try to make my reviews geared towards people who don’t want to have to do technical things to make music play. Music Player Daemon likely requires editing 1 text file and possibly restarting a service or two. If that scares you, read at least the next two Q&As before running on your way.
What is a daemon?
A daemon is an application that runs without a user directly seeing it (in the background) but that other applicatins the user can see ask it to do things for them.
So… What is a Music Player Daemon?
An application that organizes and plays your music, that can be controlled through various applications that you can actually see and use. All MPD clients get to use the same music library and control what is currently playing (yes you can open more than one client at the same time!)
Wait.. What about the applications that I can see?
Sonata – “An elegant music client for MPD.” Here is the info screen. It seems to follow a KISS (Keep it simple, stupid) philosophy. Sonata works (or should) out of the box if you have MPD locally set up and working.
Ario – “GTK Client for MPD” – Yes they have a technical tag line, bah! However it does win on features. Here is the Ario info screen:
The “Currently Playing” can always be shown in the bottom pane. Here is where Ario wins.. umm.. some cake:
As well Ario has a bunch of other cool features (more than Sonata).
Memory Usage (just so you saw wow compared to some others):
MPD – 11.1 MiB (which really should be added to the one you are using)
Sonata – 16.6 MiB (respectable – 27.7 in total)
Ario – 4.8 Mib (wow…)
Of course MPD clients require a bit more config. Let’s get you installed and running Ario!
First install mpd
Then install Ario || or install Sonata
Hold ALT with F2. Then Copy in: gksudo gedit /etc/mpd.conf
Change the 8th line
to point to wherever your music is stored, such as
Then save it. By default all users on the machine will get access to play music from the collection. (You can also enable remote access)
Then, hopefully just start up Ario and get playing 🙂
The music applet (add to your gnome panel) can also control MPD directly, so you can actually close all the other MPD clients after setting up a playlist and just control it through that!
But still, I’m not sure if MPD is ready for the non-technical user, so I am going to exclude it from the rest of the review, for now. Please do share your thoughts if you think otherwise. If you are a non-techie and love, I’d love to hear that.
Who’s left? Amarok, Banshee, gmusicbrowser, Videolan Client, Quod Libet, Exaile, Rhythmbox