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                          MP3Blaster README
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Table of Contents
------------------------

1.  Introduction
2.  Prerequisites
3.  Installation
4.  Usage
5.  Examples (TODO)
6.  Configuration
7.  Availability
8.  Bugs
9.  Frequently Asked Questions
10. Developer Information
11. Links
12. Copyright



1.  Introduction
-------------------------

MP3Blaster is a text console based program for playing mainly mp3 audio
files. It is very interactive, and has a great list of features. Its
playlist can be divided in albums or categories (called 'groups'), which
allows for very sophisticated playback orders.

2.  Prerequisites
-------------------------

    - One of the following Operating Systems is currently supported:

      FreeBSD, Linux, NetBSD, OpenBSD.

      It should be trivial to port MP3Blaster to other UNIX-like
      Operating Systems.

    - A soundcard. Although 8-bit soundcards, and those that are limited
      to 22 Khz playback will work, a 44Khz capable 16 bits soundcard
      (as all new cards are) is recommended.

    - Threads. Most Operating Systems have a pthreads implementation. If
      yours doesn't, you can use libpth instead (see section Links for
      the URL) by conifuring with an extra flag '--with-pth'.

3.  Installation
-------------------------

    If you're eager to start, this will do:
        ./configure
        make
        make install

    Run './configure --help' to get a list of compile-time options.
    There are a few important options that can have an impact on the
    quality of audio-playback and CPU usage on your system. These are:

    --enable-newthreads (auto-enables --with-pth)
        This will use an alternative playback buffering system. It
        might work better than the conventional buffering system on many
        systems. Please give it a try if you're experiencing skips
        during sound playback. Mail problems / successes.

    --with-pth (without --enable-newthreads)
        Uses libpth instead of the OS-specific pthreads implementation.
        This might reduce CPU-overhead and improve sound playback.
        Please try this and reports problems / successes.

    If you don't supply any of the above mentioned flags, the
    OS-specific pthreads implementation will be used, with default
    buffering mechanism. On FreeBSD no buffering will be used by default
    since it will probably hog your CPU or simply hang. using libpth on
    Free(/Net/Open)BSD is therefor recommended.

4.  Usage
-------------------------

Read the MP3Blaster manpage (man mp3blaster or man -lmp3blaster.1 from
source) for information about commandline parameters, config files,
usage, etc. Read the next section for some examples


5.  Examples
-------------------------

MP3Blaster's defaults should be good for most systems. Most keybindings
can be reconfigured easily using a config file.

A simple way to play a lot of mp3's from the command line in random
order:

    mp3blaster -p allrandom /my/mp3s/*.mp3

Load a playlist and start playing immediately:

    mp3blaster -a /my/playlists/coolsongs.lst

Use mp3blaster with an old, 8 bit soundcard that can do 22Khz sampling:

    mp3blaster -28


6.  Configuration
-------------------------

For an example configuration file, see or copy doc/sample.mp3blasterrc*
to ~/.mp3blasterrc and modify to tastes. The man page has information on
all available settings possible in the file.


7.  Availability
-------------------------

MP3Blaster can be downloaded from:

    http://mp3blaster.sourceforge.net/

8.  Bugs
-------------------------

None. MP3Blaster happens to be fully bug-free. If you find a bug, it's
probably a real life one buzzing around your head.

If you believed that, and you run a nice IT company, please contact me
;-)
Otherwise, read the "TODO" and "ChangeLog" files for known bugs, or
features on the drawing board. If you find any bugs, please report
them (see section 'Developer Information')

9.  Frequently Asked Questions
----------------------------------

Read the "FAQ" on the sourceforge project page.

10.  Developer Information
----------------------------------

All code used by and written for MP3Blaster is GPL'd. Read the "COPYING"
file for more information about the GPL license.
If you want to report bugs, ask development-related questions, or just
want a taste of celebrity, surf to the sourceforge project page.

11.  Links
----------------------------------

    MP3Blaster    http://mp3blaster.sourceforge.net/
    libpth        http://www.gnu.org/software/pth/pth.html 
    

12. Copyright
----------------------------------

All code used by and written for MP3Blaster is GPL'd. Read the "COPYING"
file for more information about the GPL license.