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Random play a mp3 file

Terminal - Random play a mp3 file
mpg123 "`locate -r '\.mp3$'|awk '{a[NR]=$0}END{print a['"$RANDOM"' % NR]}'`"
2009-02-23 13:53:12
Functions: mpg123
Random play a mp3 file

Pick a mp3 at random and play it.

Assumes the availability of locate with an updated db and mpg123

Not the most useful command I guess, but all of the really useful ones are taken...


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives

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What others think

madplay -z `locate -ir \.mp3$`

plays .MP3 files too

Comment by maht 353 weeks ago

nice. can substitute program and file type to suit, sweet.

Comment by my0pic 352 weeks and 6 days ago

zsh : mplayer -shuffle ./**/*.mp3

Comment by susannakaukinen 351 weeks and 4 days ago

mplayer `find ./ -name '*.mp3' | shuffle | head -1`

Comment by jnash 348 weeks and 4 days ago

switch '\.mp3$' for '\.mp3$|\.ogg$|\.m4[abrp]$' (etc)

you could do "|| afplay ... " for formats mpg123 doesn't play.

Comment by jasonm23 120 weeks and 1 day ago

go with $() over `` ($() can be nested.)

Comment by jasonm23 120 weeks and 1 day ago

Your point of view

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