Xfmpc

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Xfmpc is a really simple music player client for the music player daemon made with Xfce in mind. It is really basic and it lacks most and close to all the features you would expect from a modern music player. It's simply not anywhere near good enough compared to the alternatives.

Xfmpc version 0.3.0 was tested in this review.

Features and usability

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Xfmpc has a main window which can be used to view either Current Playlist or used to Browse database. The Browse database view allows you to browse through MPD's music library and Add files to the playlist or Replace the playlist with either a selected song or folder.

Xfmpc allows you to configure and connect to one MPD instance. It will not let you have several saved; if you want to manage a MPD server in the kitchen and one in the living-room you can't.

There is no playlist management. There's your current playlist and that's it. There is no loading or saving of plugins. There is no "smart" plugin feature like Cantata's got. And there's no support for viewing information about a currently playing song or anything like that either.

There really very little beyond .. your current playlist and the ability to add or replace songs in it. The Play/pause and next/previous buttons and a volume slider are the only "extras" beyond adding and replacing songs to just one playlist.

Verdict and conclusion

Xfmpc version 0.3.0 lacks just about everything a modern music player should have. It's a decade behind Cantata and GMPC is also on a level far above Xfmpc in terms of features and usability. Xfmpc barely lets you manage one playlist on one Music Player Daemon instance. Bringing it up to par with other clients would take a whole lot of work since it lacks just about everything.

Links

Xfmpc's homepage is at https://goodies.xfce.org/projects/applications/xfmpc


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Music Player Daemon is a daemon which runs in the background and plays music. It can be controlled by a variety of "client" software. These are the best front-ends ordered by how good they are:

Video players: SMPlayer | mpv | VLC | GNOME Videos

discontinued: Xine | GMPlayer | MPlayer

Stand-alone Audio players:

Filesystem-oriented: Audacious
Database-oriented: Elisa | Strawberry | Exaile | GNOME Music
Bankrupt and finished: Clementine | Amarok

Music Player Daemon audio player clients:

GUI: Cantata | GMPC | Xfmpc (Xfce)
ncurses: ncmpc - Command-line: mpc
Dead and berried: Sonata | KMP | Glurp