Playing Music in the Desktop Environment
VLC Media Player is a music and video player that is provided with the standard Linux distribution. To use it, switch off your Raspberry Pi, swap out your Raspbmc SD card and replace it with your standard Raspbian Wheezy Linux distribution, and then restart the computer. Go into the desktop environment (see Chapter 4). You can find VLC in the Sound and Video category of your Programs menu, and click its name there to start it.
In the Media menu of VLC, there are options to open a file or a directory. Usually, you’ll want to open a directory, so you can play a whole album. By default, VLC shows you the album artwork (where available) but you can open the View menu and click Playlist to see a list of songs so you can pick another to play (as shown in Figure 9-5). In the box on the left, you can pick a device to play from, including several Internet services for streaming music. Click Playlist in the View menu again to revert to the full-window artwork.
Written by Hong Jen Yee and Juergen Hoetzel. Icon by Arnaud Didry
Figure 9-5: Playing music in VLC Media Player.
The playback controls to pause, play, skip, shuffle, and repeat songs are at the bottom left of the window. The volume control is at the bottom right.
For an alternative to VLC, see LXMusic in Chapter 18. We found it performed better than VLC and was easier to use.