While I was looking some video related to Linux I’ve found this video of gotbletu an user that I follow on Youtube, related to a small player to listen music directly from the terminal: pms AKA Poor Man’s Spotify.
I like lightweight clients, and so I’ve gave it a try, these are the results.
pms it’s a command line client, and its main features are:
- Search and stream music from the website http://pleer.com/
- Download music from the website http://pleer.com/
- Works with Python 2.7 and 3
- Works with Windows, Linux and Mac osx 10.9
- No Python dependencies
- Requires mplayer
For what I know there isn’t any package available for any distribution, so to use this package you can simply download a zip/tar.gz file and extract it in your home or clone the sources from github with the command:
git clone https://github.com/np1/pms.git
In both cases you should have a new pms directory, to run pms just run in a terminal:
cd pms ./pms.py
You’ll be prompted what’s your favourite artist or song:
Enter artist/song to search :
Now just type the name of your favourite artist or song and you should quickly see the result of the search, with an output similar to this one:
Enter artist/song to search : nirvana Search for 'nirvana' Item Size Artist Track Length Bitrate ---- ---- ------ ----- ------ ------- 1 11. Mb Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spir 05:01 320 2 3.8 Mb Nirvana Rape Me 02:48 192 3 5.9 Mb Nirvana The man who sold the 03:42 224 4 3.3 Mb Nirvana Come as You Are 03:38 128 5 6.3 Mb Nirvana Heart-Shaped Box 04:38 192 6 9.8 Mb Nirvana Lithium 04:17 320 7 6.9 Mb Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spir 05:01 192 8 5.8 Mb Nirvana In Bloom (1991) 04:15 192 9 9.2 Mb Nirvana MTV Unplugge Something in the Way 04:01 320 10 3.2 Mb Nirvana About a Girl (Unplugg 03:35 128 11 5.0 Mb Nirvana Come As You Are (1991 03:39 192 12 8.8 Mb Nirvana The Man Who Sold The 03:52 320 13 4.0 Mb Nirvana Polly 02:57 192 14 4.6 Mb Nirvana Where Did You Sleep L 05:04 128 15 2.8 Mb Nirvana Nervana - Breed 03:04 128 16 3.3 Mb Nirvana You Know Youre Right 03:41 128 17 3.1 Mb Nirvana Sappy 03:26 128 18 3.4 Mb Nirvana Dumb 02:31 192 19 8.3 Mb Nirvana Come as You Are 03:39 320 20 8.4 Mb Nirvana MTV Unplugge Pennyroyal Tea 03:40 320 [1-20] to play or [d 1-20] to download or [q]uit or enter new search
Now you can simply type a number to listen that specific song, or download it putting the letter d before the number.
Pretty easy no ?
Also the output it’s a bit more colorful than simply text, usually something similar to this:
It’s not documented but using mplayer as backend you can use its keyboard shortcuts, the most useful are:
< - and -> Seek backward/forward 10 seconds.
up and down Seek forward/backward 1 minute.
p / SPACE Pause (pressing again unpauses).
q / ESC Stop playing and quit.
/ and * Decrease/increase volume.
9 and 0 Decrease/increase volume.
This is a really small program that can be used to listen to some music online while you use the terminal, what I don’t like it’s the fact that you cannot create a playlist or just a sequence of songs, but on the other hand you can easily download all the songs in local and then use another player, also I’m not so sure about the copyright use (or abuse) in that website…
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Also, this is the original Video if you are curious about it: