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How to easily access a music CD after having inserted it?

Is automatic play-when-inserted possible?

I just want to insert the CD and then with a click or two start playing in a music player that would hopefully also fetch the proper names (CDDB, freeDB).

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Audacious can start playing an audio CD by going to Services, Play CD, and it has good CDDB support.

sudo apt-get install audacious

The command audacious will just start the application, but audacious cdda:// will start playing the Audio CD in Audacious.

So, that can be run with a short-key or by creating an Audacious desktop file in usr/share/applications with the above command and then make that executable so that it will be found with the Super-Space launcher.

To easily do that in terminal we need a text editor like Gedit, Leafpad or Mousepad (Scratch is not usable in the same way.) The example here is with Gedit.

sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/audacious_cd.desktop

There, paste this:

[Desktop Entry]
Categories=AudioVideo;Player;Audio;Qt;
Exec=audacious cdda://
Icon=audacious
Name=Play Audio CD with Audacious
Type=Application

Then, save, close and do

sudo chmod +x /usr/share/applications/audacious_cd.desktop

Now, in Applications launcher, when typing 'CD', you should see "Play Audio CD with Audacious".

Also, if prefered, a such desktop file can be dragged&dropped onto the dock too.


The same is possible for Qmmp.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:forkotov02/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install qmmp qmmp-plugin-pack

Then add the following command to a short-key (or to a desktop file as above):

qmmp cdda://


Deadbeef will play a CD with the option File-Add audio CD, which adds the CD tracks to a playlist. -- Or with the command

deadbeef all.cda

which then can be used as specified in the other cases above.

Deadbeef had a bug that prevented it from fetching CDDB metadata.

To fix that be sure that "Prefer CD-Text over CDDB" under Preferences-Plugins-Audio CD player-Configure is NOT checked. Details here.

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