Playing MP3s

MP3 is the file extenstion for MPEG, audio 3. The popularity of MP3s increases daily as MP3 files are small and can easily be transferred across the Internet.

To take advantage of this technology, Red Hat provides the X Multimedia System (XMMS). XMMS is a cross-platform multimedia player that allows you to play your MP3 files.

Figure 9-2. XMMS Interface

XMMS can be used for more than just playing MP3 audio files. By default XMMS can play MPEG audio, Ogg Vorbis, RIFF wav, most module formats, and a few other formats. XMMS can be extended through plugins to play a number of other audio and video formats.

To learn more about XMMS, refer to the XMMS man page by typing man xmms at the shell prompt.

To launch XMMS in GNOME, go to Main Menu => Programs => Multimedia => XMMS.

To launch XMMS from a shell prompt, type the command xmms.