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LinuxPower: The Great Napster Shootout

Mar 14, 2000, 21:53 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian Schaller)

"For those of us who like to move our music collections from our audio cd onto the computer, there are not many better ways to do this than mp3. In an earlier article I told you about Grip, the great ripper & encoder frontend. There is another way to get your songs in mp3 format, the Napster network. The Napster Network is a great online community for the exchange of mp3 files. There are a lot of Linux Napster clients coming out at the moment. I will here take a look at some of them, and how far they have come in development."

"Gnapster is probably the one of the three which is the most mature and has seen development for the longest time. It is at version 1.3.6 and the high version number is defended with lots of little details. It is the only one of the clients that lets you use the right mouse button to do such things such as start and stop downloads, etc. The difference in usability and practicality of not having to first select a song, and then move the mouse to a menu button to start a download is indescribable...."

"Gtk-napster is the latest addition of these three. According to the developer's home page, this is his first C application. Gtk Napster is currently set to version 0.201. One would think that with such a low version that the application is next to useless, but it is surprisingly competitive with the other two Napster clients. It has more features than GNOME-Napster, though all actions are initiated through buttons, so I am missing a right click fastmenu like the one in Gnapster. Gtk-napster features filtering of Line-speed, Bitrate and Frequency, but sadly enough Gtk-napster don't seem to manage to hang on to these between sessions...."

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