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32 Bits Online: Linux and MP3s

Jun 06, 1999, 00:20 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Bos)

"Linux is uniquely suited to playing MP3s, given its lack of overhead; it is easily possible to play them, with tweaking, on 486 computers, despite the intense computational decoding requirements that MP3 audio requires (though obviously you can't do much else while the MP3 is playing). Here I will discuss how to play MP3s, and step through the simple process of creating them from the tracks off a CD."

"Several open source MP3 players exist, as console or X applications. These include mpg123, FreeAmp, MP3blaster and more obscure offerings, but since I use mpg123, we'll focus on that."

"You are also capable, with most MP3 players, of reading the MP3 over an ftp or http connection. There is at least one GPL MP3 broadcasting program, iceCast, dedicated to that purpose."

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