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Console based player - Shell-fm is a UK-based Internet radio and music community website, founded in 2002. It claims over 30 million active users based in more than 200 countries.

Using a music recommender system called "Audioscrobbler", builds a detailed profile of each user's musical taste by recording details of all the songs the user listens to, either on the streamed radio stations, the user's computer or some portable music devices. This information is transferred to's database ("scrobbled") via a plug in installed into the user's music player. The profile data is then displayed on the user's profile page. The site offers numerous social networking features and can recommend and play artists similar to the user's favorites.

shell-fm is a lightweight, console-based player for Last.FM radio streams. It’s pretty small (the binary is currently about 70K, or about 60K when stripped) and it has most features the official player has, if not even a few more. Additional features are, for example:

* Network interface (control shell-fm remotely)
* Autoban (automatically ban all tracks of an artist you don’t like)B
* Bookmark stations (quickly jump to bookmarked stations with a single key)

Installing console based player:
Open a terminal and issue the following commands in order:
sudo apt-get install shell-fm
This will install shell-fm into your system, go to terminal and type command:
shell-fm [options] [lastfm://url] 
to start the shell-fm

Below are the options:

-d starts Shell.FM in daemon mode (fork to background). Requires the socket interface to be set up.
-i address - Enable the socket interface. This bind a server socket to the given host which, so you can control Shell.FM over Ethernet.
-p port - Specifies the port for the socket. Default port is 54311.
-D device - Specifies the audio device you want to use. Default is /dev/dsp.
-y URL - Proxy URL to connect through.
-h Prints help and exit.

Here is the link for installing the GUI based player -


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