bthylafh wrote:just brew it! wrote:bthylafh wrote:MC Frontalot. Trying to chase down a problem with Kubuntu, mpg321, and ogg123; something to do with the latter two not using ALSA apparently.
Which version of Kubuntu? And by "not using ALSA" do you mean you've removed PulseAudio?
Edit: Well, there does seem to be a problem with ogg123's ALSA output on Kubuntu 11.10, at least. When I try it, the sound is very distorted. Have you tried sending its output through PulseAudio instead (-d pulse option)?
Will try that tonight when I get home. I could tell it was /something/ with ALSA, though, because mpg123-alsa would play but those other two would not.
I seem to recall having similar issues with Audacious when I tried to configure it for ALSA output, so the issue is probably with some underlying audio library. I'm also pretty sure that when applications invoke the ALSA API on Ubuntu, they're actually talking to an emulation layer that feeds into PulseAudio instead of native ALSA; so some subtle differences between how this emulation and (real) ALSA works is a likely culprit.
It is unfortunate that there are so many different audio APIs on Linux. PulseAudio has apparently attempted to unify them (sort of), but definitely has some issues of its own...