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Music player with screen saver and track list crawler - pls?
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Puppyt

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Location: Gatton, Queensland

PostPosted: Wed 18 Apr 2018, 17:50    Post subject:  Music player with screen saver and track list crawler - pls?  

My request: is there a screen-saver option that exists for any media player that will present a simple crawler or printout of the details of the music currently playing in the background? Could a stand-alone screen saver application be modified to accomplish the task?

I have been joint carer for a few years now for a live-in mother-in-law progressing with Alzheimer's-like dementia. She's Depression-era Australian farming stock, but cannot operate modern CD/radio players and baulks even at using the TV remote. Computers? *FUHGEDDABOUDIT* So I've cooked her up a bit of a music server from an old laptop to play her old CD's (I've stored as digital files), and working through Internet radio stations for her. Rationale being that a musical environment that reflects a dementing person's early life and tastes, has been shown to significantly slow the progression of the disease.

Have been experimenting with VLC/gxine/deadbeef/Pradio/etc and can "fire and forget" playback for her. However she won't read track info from the various interfaces - the detail is just too much, and she refuses outright to be a late adopter of digital tech. I think that a basic black screen with large-lettered track details would be ideal but cannot find such a feature on existing players. Any advice on the matter gratefully received.

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Galbi


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PostPosted: Wed 18 Apr 2018, 19:38    Post subject:  

Hi Puppyt, just to give you something to investigate, mpv https://mpv.io/ has a lot of parameters that can be invocated from command line.

For example, something like this:
Code:
mpv --osd-playing-msg AAAAA --osd-font-size 64 --player-operation-mode pseudo-gui Van\ Halen\ -\ Jump\ \[February\ 1984\].mp3


Of course, it needs more investigation.

Hope that helps.

Saludos.

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Puppyt

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PostPosted: Wed 18 Apr 2018, 19:50    Post subject:  

Cheers Galbi! I also found 666philb's mention of google player here http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=988467#988467 / https://www.googleplaymusicdesktopplayer.com/ also looks hopeful with some contributed customisations on github. Will take some digging still...
Oh, and I'm limited to 32-bit applications for a PentiumIII, 512MB laptop circa 1999...

(PS off-topic :- how do I link urls to text as you have done? My signature is a mess, for example...)

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PostPosted: Wed 18 Apr 2018, 20:24    Post subject:  

Code:
[url]Whatever you put here,will be a link[/url]

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PostPosted: Wed 18 Apr 2018, 20:57    Post subject:  

Code:
[url=www.your_link.com]Your text[/url]
This will show "Your text" as link and clicking on it will take you to the url.
Like Click here for google
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musher0


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PostPosted: Wed 18 Apr 2018, 21:02    Post subject:  

Hi puppyt.

Maybe one of these?
https://opensource.com/life/16/8/3-command-line-music-players-linux

Also, using a wrapper, you can force a CLI app to display with a bigger font.
This wrapper:
Code:
urxvt -fn xft:Monaco:pixelsize=20:antialias=true:hinting=true -e mpg123 Rhapsody_in_Blue-Bertoli.mp3
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PostPosted: Thu 19 Apr 2018, 01:37    Post subject:  

pMusic has a fullscreen option in the View-menu that shows albumart and trackname on a black screen.
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PostPosted: Thu 19 Apr 2018, 20:55    Post subject:  

oooh... thanks guys!
Actually, have had a frustrating time with wifi dropouts on that particular machine lately, is it due to old pmusic (v 0.56 ish - not on it at present), dodgey link to radio station, general processing hijinks on this old gear - working through it when I have the time.
Cheers to drunkjedi and Galbi for the link tips - muchas gracias!
Musher0 and zigbert - I will try those media presentation tips on a few versions on differently-abled machines first and get back to the thread with feedback over the weekend, Cheers Smile

PS Stardust v10 is in the mix of testing puplets, btw Wink Puppy Stardust 012 [edit: hey - up to v13? How did I miss that??]

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