For this week's GiR (Heh. GIR! Yeah!) I'm looking at some Linux audio players, like Rhythmbox, AmaroK, Banshee, and XMMS.
For most of today, I've been bashing my face against the wall trying to get iTunes 7 to mount as a DAAP share in any of them, but apparently Apple broke something in the standards with 7, so the standards-compliant players can't mount the share, though iTunes seems to mount the Rhythmbox-based share without any trouble at all, which is really nifty and fun. (incidentally, if anyone reading this has been able to mount iTunes 7 shares without a whole bunch of manual-editing of config files, let me know and I'll thank you in my article; I know there are lots of complicated samba and ftp workarounds, but I'm trying to show how easy and cool these audio players are, not how much fun it is to edit things in vim.)
So I'm sitting here playing with lots of musical tools, including last.fm, which is like a more social version of Pandora. I really like last.fm, which is remarkably good at finding playlists of music you're going to like, based upon the stuff you've told it you like to listen to. It works seamlessly with Airfoil, too, so you can turn it up, man.
While goofing off with last.fm, I saw that I can make a constantly-updated playlist of what I'm listening to, because, apparently, people care about this sort of thing:
It's remarkable to me the sort of information we can share with complete strangers in this Brave New World of life on the Intarweebs, including stuff like this. It's equal parts cool and kind of creepy, don't you think?
Anyway, if you're wondering what I'm listening to at the moment, now you know. Now get off my lawn.