Chapter 17. Multimedia (If Music Be the Food of Love . . . )

Playing music on your Linux system is only the beginning of the multimedia experience. After all, multimedia isn't about just music. It represents a cornucopia of sensory experience delivered digitally, comprising text, audio, video, and endless combinations of the three.

Most modern Linux installations offer an impressive selection of programs to satisfy your cravings for the multimedia experience, from audio to video and everything in between. These programs include sound control systems, CD players, recorders, MIDI programs of varying flavors, music synthesizers, video players, music notation programs, and . . . the list goes on.

In this chapter, I'm going to cover some of the more popular multimedia tools for your Linux system. So, as old William Shakespeare might have said, "If music be the food of love, then multimedia must represent the smorgasbord."