Bug#544681: mplayer: please add libmad support

Diego Biurrun diego at biurrun.de
Wed Sep 2 11:41:40 UTC 2009

On Wed, Sep 02, 2009 at 02:25:21PM +0400, Nikita V. Youshchenko wrote:
> Debian mplayer package is built without libmad support.
> Libmad is a fixed-point audio mpeg decoder.1
> Without libmad support, mplayer can't be used on slow armel devices that 
> lack hardware FPU, such as the Freerunner.


FFmpeg contains a fixed-point MP3 decoder that is much faster than
libmad and already available to MPlayer without adding an unnecessary
libmad dependency.

> Package from debian-multimedia.org is built with libmad support, and it 
> works in Freerunner much better.
> Since libmad is available in debian main, please enable libmad support in 
> the official debian mplayer package.

The real problem is that the Ubuntu MPlayer package (and possibly
others) contains the following bad config file entry ..

  # Specify default audio codec (see -ac help for a list).

.. which results in libmad getting preferred over other MP3 decoders,
upsetting the default we are using (for a good reason) at upstream.

That's why you falsely believe that you should be using libmad when
ffmp3 is much better.  For the freerunner you should simply prefer
ffmp3 over mp3lib.


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