Outside of my almost manic addiction to the console, is my taste for minimalism ...
A few days ago, a fellow from the ArchLinux asked the question that evoked the Geek-Minimalism relationship, which made me look back and give an adequate answer to my feelings and philosophies, the result made allusion to minimalism in my life, because for a long time I have understood that in the greatest part of the occasions, less is more ... And, according to my perspective, we tend to externalize what is within us in the form of feelings.
Several years have passed since I started the reckoning with my spirit and with my neurons, I have managed to achieve an acceptable stability between these and other parts of my being. As I have gone through these steps, I have noticed a transmutation of my tastes for the visual and eye-catching, to the increasingly essential and functional (not lacking in style ).
Computer-speaking, I have come to the conclusion that if I need an application that allows me to enjoy playing movies, it does not need to contain the options to view documents and navigate through web pages; in the same way, if what I'm looking for is a music player, what I only need is that it be dedicated to its task.
This is how after trying various applications that bring my hearing senses to climaxes, products of sometimes sublime melodies and sometimes scandalous musical notes, I have come up with the definitive one, its name ... Vitunes ...
What is special about this player?
First of all, it is only a music player, and if that were not enough, it works only through the console, it also does not have absurd and unnecessary options, which it does, does it well, quickly and consumes very few resources from our computer equipment. .
Not only does it allow us to play music stored on our disk drives (internal or external) but it also allows us to play music through the Internet. Those who have seen count, who can offer us the possibility of managing our iTunes playlists (it makes sense if we look at his name, although I don't know yet).
Its installation, configuration and use is quite simple, below I detail what is necessary so that you can enjoy this experience, and in case you want to abound in the world Vitunes It has a complete documentation that is also included in the installation.
We open our console.
Installing on Arch Linux.
$ yaourt -S vitunes
The next step is to initialize the database
$ vitunes -e init
Now we must add the files that we want to be reproduced to the database, for example:
$ vitunes -e add ~ / Music /
This will cause every file contained within our ~ / Music / directory to be added to the music database. Vitunes, regardless of the number of directories it contains.
Once the above is done, we simply run vitunes and we can enjoy our music.
If you remember, we are in console and we are being minimalist, therefore we will not have the usual visual controls to perform the most basic operations
In the following, I will describe some of the keyboard shortcuts that may be useful to you, in the form "Key" = Action.
«Enter» = Start playback.
"Z" = Pause current playback.
«S» = Stop current playback.
«F» = Advance the current playback by 10 seconds.
«F» = Advance the current playback by 1 minute.
"B" = Return playback in 10 seconds.
"B" = Return playback in 1 minute.
«: Q» = Exit Vitunes.
Once we know how to use VitunesIt is time to give it our touch, we can achieve this by coloring its visual aspect as well as placing the information we need on the screen about our musical pieces, this is achieved by editing a simple text file.
We open our terminal and type.
$ vim ~ / .vitunes / vitunes.conf
Please note: Can substitute vim by the text editor of your choice.
We specify the information we need on the screen of the shape, column.length, for example.
display artist.20, title.50, -length.20
This will show us three columns, the name of the artist whose space on the screen will be 20 characters, followed by the title with a space of 50 characters and finally the length of the track, that is, the minutes that the track will last, the hyphen (-), indicates that column will be aligned to the right side.
Once this is defined, it is time to assign a specific color to each column of the form, column = color_of_la_letra, color_of_background.
color artist = green, default
color title = blue, default
color length = green, default
In this way, we have learned to use and configure our simple, light and minimalist music player for the console, however, if you want to abound in the options Vitunes offers us, I invite you to review its documentation using the man command. For this, we go to our console and type.
$ man vitunes
For a better visualization of the documentation I invite you to visit the article, Coloring the manpages.
It's that simple ...