git clone 'git://github.com/agrif/pianobar.el.git'
This is a thin emacs interface for Pianobar, a Pandora Radio
http://pandora.com/ command-line client. Pianobar was written by
Lars-Dominik Braun, among others, and can be found at
pianobar.el itself can be found at
It is licensed under the GNU GPL v3. See
LICENSE for details.
There are brief installation instructions at the top of
pianobar.el. After installing
pianobar.el, see below for
information about usage.
Please note that this is a very early development version, written mostly for myself to use. Suggestions, improvements, and bug reports are welcome.
Pianobar is started with
M-x pianobar, or you can bind a key to the
pianobar function manually.
pianobar.el will put the current
playing song in the modeline. Once Pianobar is running, you can type
commands manually in the
*pianobar* buffer (like using shell-mode),
or you can use the following, key-bindable commands:
M-x pianobar-love-current-song – tell Pandora you love this song
M-x pianobar-ban-current-song – tell Pandora to ban this song from this station
M-x pianobar-next-song – skip to the next song (but don't ban/love)
M-x pianobar-play-or-pause – toggle play/pause state
– bring up the
*pianobar* buffer with a station-change menu
pianobar.el requires Pianobar to be installed somewhere in your
path. If it's not, you can set the variable
pianobar-command to be
the path to the Pianobar executable.
(As of right now,
pianobar.el expects Pianobar to use the default
key bindings. It works even if you change them, but the control
commands won't work. You'll just have to switch to the
buffer and control it manually.)
You can set
pianobar-station to automatically login and connect to a
station. Note that
pianobar-station must be a string containing
the number used to select the station you want through Pianobar.
If you leave any of these unset, you will be prompted for the info instead.
If you set
M-x pianobar will
not show the
*pianobar* buffer after running. This is useful if
you set the above auto-login variables.
pianobar-global-modeline will eventually be used to decide whether
to change the modeline on all buffers, or just the
buffer. Right now, it does nothing; it always changes the global
There are many other, lesser-used variables available to customize
C-h v and take a look at all the variables prefixed
If you want to write your own Pianobar commands (especially for those
not yet bound to an interactive function), you can use
pianobar-send-command, which accepts a character to send to the
current Pianobar process. It also takes a second, optional argument:
whether to make the Pianobar buffer active. For example,
M-x pianobar-next-song runs
(pianobar-send-command ?n), while
M-x pianobar-change-station runs
(pianobar-send-command ?s t).