MPD is a powerful server-side application for playing music. In a home environment, you can connect an MPD server to a Hi-Fi system, and control the server using a notebook or smartphone. You can, of course, play audio files on remote clients. MPD can be started system-wide or on a per-user basis.
MPD runs in the background playing music from its playlist. Client programs communicate with MPD to manipulate playback, the playlist, and the database.
The client–server model provides advantages over all-inclusive music players. Clients can communicate with the server remotely over an intranet or over the Internet. The server can be a headless computer located anywhere on a network.
There’s graphical clients, console clients and web-based clients.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 4 best graphical MPD clients. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone who wants to listen to their music collection via MPD.
Here’s our recommendations. They are all free and open source goodness.
|Graphical MPD Clients|
|Cantata||Feature-rich and user friendly client offering an excellent and intuitive interface|
|Ymuse||Easy, functional, and snappy GTK front-end|
|mpdevil||GTK front-end for MPD. It’s written in Python|
|Sonata||Lightweight GTK+ music client. Small and elegant|
Let’s explore the 4 graphical MPD clients at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to relevant resources.
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