I am a big fan of the “Music Playing Daemon”. Its small, uses way less resources than equivalents, say Amarok, and is very fast. Since its a daemon, CLI and GUI clients can be used to connect to it, but I prefere a CLI app called NCMPC. A desktop user’s review can be found here. Setting up MPD is quiet easy and is extensively described in the Arch Linux wiki entry. The configuration part of the article should be the same for any other GNU/Linux distro.
I often put on a playlist and lie down while I am reading – when the mind is not very taxed. Anyways, I am quiet lazy when in such a mood and I have to get up if I need to skip the song/add new song etc. I used to make do with XBMC and its awesome remote application.
Today I found this nice app called “MPDroid” in the android market and myan, its the perfect little companio to mpd. It solved my woes.
Pros : Replicates NCMPC. Most of it. It works vrey well if you have a pretty decently organized or tagged library. Pulls in album art too.
Cons: Search is slightly limited. It doesn’t have options for search by filenames, though it allows search by artist and album.
Verdict: Must install if you use MPD to manage music.
I will let the screenshots speak now.