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play is a curses front-end for various audio players, based on
cplay. It aims to provide a power-user-friendly interface with
simple filelist and playlist control. play is written in
Python and can use either pyncurses or the standard curses
play [-nrRv] [ file | dir | playlist | url ] ...
When in doubt, press 'h' for a friendly help page.
In order for either mp3info (ID3) or ogginfo to work, both
corresponding python modules have to be installed. Play can
use 'id3-py' or 'pyid3lib' for MP3 tags, and 'pyvorbis' for
A playlist can contain URLs, but the playlist itself will have
to be local. For mpeg streaming use splay or mplayer.
It is also possible to pipe a playlist to play, as stdin will
be reopened on startup unless it is attached to a tty.
Remote control is available through /tmp/play-control-$USER.
play is being maintained by Adrian C. After waiting over 2
years for cplay's home, and code, to resurface it was finally
forked. This exceptional software, originally written by Ulf
Betlehem, should not be forgotten.
MPlayer support was added to play from the excellent work done
by Tom Adams and Tomi Pievilainen on GitHub.com.