Is there a plugin for this?
I'd really like to be able to pause/play/skip in VLC from the sound menu.
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Support for this exists in VLC 2.0 and newer. If you have an older VLC you can get the new version by following these instructions:
First run VLC, then in the menu go to Tools -> Preferences (or just hit Ctrl-P.
Then change the preferences to show you all:
and then go to Interface, Control interfaces, and DBus and check the DBUS service id checkbox.
Then you'll need to quit VLC and run it again for the setting to take effect.
webupd8.org seems to be a good blog