Why I love mpd, ncmpcpp, and MPDroid

2014.02.14 by Matthias Kirschner in #fsfe #ilovefs

Today we celebrate the I love Free Software Day, and it was a difficult to decide what I want to write about. Finally I decided to dedicate it to the developers of Music Player Daemon, ncmpcpp and MPDroid. Why? Because I love music, and those applications enable me to enjoy music every day!

The Music Player Daemon (MPD) is a server-side application for playing music. You can access it with different clients on my laptop. In my case Hannes recommended ncmpcpp, a ncurses based client, to me several years ago. I like it because I can use it exclusively by keyboard.

On my media computer at home, I use ncmpcpp either directly or through ssh. But most of the time I use MPDroid (to whom I donated last year) which I installed through the Free Software repository F-Droid on my tablet and phone. This way I can also let others browse through my music and add songs to the playlist.

Those programs improved my quality of life. So dear developers: thank you very much!!!

I love Free Software!