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There are several sound players available:

mplayer Can play not only sound but also video. A slow starter and quick to stop.

madplay Quick to start but slow to stop. Supported output formats:

 cdda    CD audio, 16-bit big-endian 44100 Hz stereo PCM (*.cdr, *.cda)
 aiff    Audio IFF, [16-bit] PCM (*.aif, *.aiff)
 wave    Microsoft RIFF/WAVE, [16-bit] PCM (*.wav)
 snd     Sun/NeXT audio, 8-bit ISDN mu-law (*.au, *.snd)
 raw     binary [16-bit] host-endian linear PCM
 hex     ASCII hexadecimal [24-bit] linear PCM
 esd     Enlightened Sound Daemon [16-bit] (give speaker host as PATH)
 null    no output (decode only)


aplay Quick to start and quick to stop. Supported file type (voc, wav, raw or au)

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There are several sound players available:

mplayer Can play not only sound but also video. A slow starter and quick to stop.

madplay Quick to start but slow to stop. Supported output formats:

 cdda    CD audio, 16-bit big-endian 44100 Hz stereo PCM (*.cdr, *.cda)
 aiff    Audio IFF, [16-bit] PCM (*.aif, *.aiff)
 wave    Microsoft RIFF/WAVE, [16-bit] PCM (*.wav)
 snd     Sun/NeXT audio, 8-bit ISDN mu-law (*.au, *.snd)
 raw     binary [16-bit] host-endian linear PCM
 hex     ASCII hexadecimal [24-bit] linear PCM
 esd     Enlightened Sound Daemon [16-bit] (give speaker host as PATH)
 null    no output (decode only)


aplay Quick to start and quick to stop. Supported file type (voc, wav, raw or au)