Random play a mp3 file

mpg123 "`locate -r '\.mp3$'|awk '{a[NR]=$0}END{print a['"$RANDOM"' % NR]}'`"
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...

2009-02-23 13:53:12

What Others Think

madplay -z `locate -ir \.mp3$` plays .MP3 files too
maht · 598 weeks and 1 day ago
nice. can substitute program and file type to suit, sweet.
my0pic · 597 weeks and 6 days ago
zsh : mplayer -shuffle ./**/*.mp3
susannakaukinen · 596 weeks and 4 days ago
mplayer `find ./ -name '*.mp3' | shuffle | head -1`
jnash · 593 weeks and 4 days ago
switch '\.mp3$' for '\.mp3$|\.ogg$|\.m4[abrp]$' (etc) you could do "|| afplay ... " for formats mpg123 doesn't play.
jasonm23 · 365 weeks and 1 day ago
go with $() over `` ($() can be nested.)
jasonm23 · 365 weeks and 1 day ago

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