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I have installed Ubuntu 11.10 server.. so command line only.

I need to be able to play audio (.mp3 & .wav) files via the command line!

I've installed the MPD & Audacious packages... and copied some files to a location specified in the .conf file.

But what do I do to acutally play the .mp3 files??

Also, how can I confirm the AUDIO is working correctly?

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You want to play it from the 'server' speakers or you want to play it across the network? Two very different things. –  hbdgaf Mar 23 '12 at 12:17
Audio through jack output, not over network (initially). –  user51760 Mar 23 '12 at 15:20
You could try installing sox, then at the commandline it would be "play thisorthat.mp3" or "play ~/music/thisfolder/thisorthat.mp3" –  tufkab Jul 3 '13 at 22:12

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For wav you can use aplay. For mp3 you can use mpg123.

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Thanks for this... mpg123 worked perfectly. –  user51760 Mar 23 '12 at 15:09

I usually just do mplayer foo.mp3 to play audio from the command line.

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Thanks, I'll install the mplayer package and test it. –  user51760 Mar 23 '12 at 15:20

You can test the sound quite simply: speaker-test -c6 (where -c6 indicates I want to test 6 channels for a 5.1 setup)

But for playing music, mpd is just a server.

It needs a frontend to tell it to do things. Check out mpc for a fairly basic command line player. There are of course many, many clients (including graphical ones you can connect over the network) so you can play around with those.

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Excellent, thanks for the speaker-test.... worked great. I'll also check out mpc. –  user51760 Mar 23 '12 at 15:15

If you already have ffmpeg installed (you should have ffmpeg installed default with ubuntu), try:

ffplay example.mp3
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