PsyMP3 is an extremely simple audio player. Its functions are controlled through keyboard shortcuts and comes with limited functionality. However, the reason why I wanted to write about it was that, it is designed in a way (with spectrum visualizations etc), well, it’s a pleasure to use :). But again, please remember that this is a pretty basic audio player so it won’t help much while managing large audio albums by any means.
It’s an open source, cross-platform player which is supposed to support GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Windows but still only supports the MS Window platform & Free BSD.
According to the developer GNU/Linux and other platform support might never exist (shame :/). It supports adding songs to playlists, but as said before, not ideal for managing audio albums.
Some main features …
*. Supports playing audio formats such as: MP3, OGG Vorbis, FLAC, and WMA.
*. It won’t let you save your playlists but you can however load a saved playlist at least.
*. When playing files, on its window, you’ll see details such as: a beautiful spectrum visualizations (won’t take much off your CPU), song name, album, title, current playback audio track number in your playlist, total duration and current position.
*. As said, all of its functions are controlled through keyboard shortcuts such as:
i -- For adding a new track to the playlist.
l -- Adds a new track to the playlist, temporarily.
Space bar -- Play/Pause current playback.
Right/Left (arrow keys) -- For fast forwarding and rewind playback.
b -- Turn on/off repeat track.
z -- Turns on the spectrum FPS (frames per second) counter.
s -- Turn on/off spectrum.
a -- Displays the “About” dialog.
q -- Exits the player.
*. Supports sending “Now Playing” to MSN and pidgin messengers (I did not test them as I don’t use them).
*. Supports playback controlling via front-ends written for Winamp such as: Foxitunes Firefox toolbar and Winamp tool-bars etc.
It’s also portable since no installation is required. Just download its zipped archive from this PsyMP3 home page and extract its content to somewhere. Whenever you want to run the player, go to the extracted folder and double click on the file called “psymp3”. That’s it.
Once it reaches the end of the playlist, it’ll ask to load a new file (if you haven’t chosen to repeat the playback), if you click “cancel” then it’ll automatically exits. It kinda crashed (once) I was using it…
Other than those issues, for an extremely simple and highly portable audio player, I think PsyMP3 is a pretty elegant app nonetheless.