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Pianobar is a free/open-source, console-based client for the personalized online radio Pandora.



Sync and install with pacman:

# pacman -S pianobar


If you are experiencing sound/quality issues when running pianobar, and you are currently using ALSA as your sound driver, the following fix may be useful:

  • Install alsa-oss. See the ALSA page for more information.
  • Change the default libao driver from alsa to oss.
  • Now to run pianobar:
$ aoss pianobar
  • Alternatively, you can use pulseaudio.

Be sure to remove the dev=default option of the alsa driver or adjust it to specify a specific Pulse sink name or number.

Note: The provided fix may affect other applications that use audio since the default driver is being changed. Switch back to the normal configuration at anytime by editing /etc/libao.conf