[Om2008.9] Using Freerunner as a digital audio player

Matthias Camenzind m.camenzind at live.com
Mon Oct 13 17:05:15 CEST 2008

Convert the audio files before you copy them to the FR. The bad quality is caused of that pulseaudio and the openmoko-mediaplayer uses near to 100% cpu time. I converted some mp3 to mono 64kbps, they sound good.And cpu usage is around 60%. Here a little script:
# execute it in a folder where the tracks are. First argument is to make files different to others. (May ID3-Tags are deleted. I used TagTool to create new Tags [from Filename].)
for fff in *.mp3; do
echo $fff
lame "$fff" -b 64 -m m -o -S "/home/username/$1 - $fff"

Shows how to make openmoko-mediaplayer2 finger usable.
> To: community at lists.openmoko.org
> From: omega.xavier at gmail.com
> Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2008 10:45:01 +0200
> Subject: [Om2008.9] Using Freerunner as a digital audio player
> Hi folks,
> yesterday I tried to use qtopia-phone-x11-mediaplayer and some ogg/mp3 
> files to transform the FR into a digital audio player.
> I have encountered 3 software problems :
> 1. audio quality is bad (whereas it is good with Debian+Sonata/Mpd, so 
> definitively not a hardware problem here) : is there a way to tune some 
> parameters ?
> 2. external speakers still work after headphones being plugged : is 
> there an alsa subtlety here ? (it switches automatically with Debian)
> 3. software relies upon tags, which I do not use at all. I have a 
> precise filesystem scheme and no need of tag-based players trying to 
> sort my music. Is there a way of telling the thing to stop trying to be 
> smart ? I need a dumb soft here ;)
> qtopia-phone-x11-mediaplayer seems totally usable with fingers, and 
> that's the big motivation for me to use it.
> Thanks in advance,
> Xavier.
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