Open Music

The Open Music column is written by Chris Hermansen and covers his thoughts on how to enjoy music in an open environment, how to tinker with music using open source tools, and much more.

Getting MPDroid working with an Archphile-based box

Getting MPDroid working with Archphile-based box
Getting the MPDroid client to work with an Archphile-based box can be challenging, so these pointers might help.Read more

4 open music players compared: VLC, QMMP, Clementine, and Amarok

4 open music players compared: VLC, QMMP, Clementine, and Amarok
We see how four music players, VLC, QMMP, Clementine, Amarok, compare. The author also recommends favorite music from Linux-friendly sources.Read more

Why the proprietary MQA music encoding system is better than DRM, but still not good

Why the proprietary MQA music encoding system is better than DRM, but still not good
Is MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) a better way to listen to music? Or just another opportunity for the music industry to sell the same music all...Read more

How to choose an open source music player

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This month we take 6 open source music players for a musical test drive.Read more

What do we mean when we talk about open music?

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A search for "open music" reveals that not all open music is truly open.Read more

6 reasons why Guayadeque is a music lover's open source player

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You might not have heard of Guayadeque, but it packs features other players lack.Read more

Open music: Bolero enters public domain, music encoding standards news

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This month in open music I look at a famous work of music that recently passed into the public domain and a new proprietary music-encoding standard...Read more

Hit the road with Android music players and a travel mix

Hit the road with Android music players and a travel mix
I'm getting ready to hit the road—mentally ready, anyway. In less than 48 hours, I'll be back on the first of two legs heading from Vancouver to...Read more