myMPD - my new favorite MPD client

I hate bloated software. This is the reason I use Archlinux with i3wm or I root my smartphones to remove unneeded applications and this is the exact same reason I chose ympd to be the default MPD client of Archphile. ympd doesn’t offer many goodies. It does one thing (file browsing mode) and it does it right, while its software dependencies are almost zero, comparing to other web based clients that need a dedicated webserver or/and interpreter.
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Losslessly Compressing DSD files with Wavpack

One of the biggest disadvantages of DSD files is their size. Most of the users who like DSD format, keep large SACD ISOs or split them to dsf/dff files. In both cases, the result is horrible space-wise as the majority of music albums need more than 1.5GB (only for the 2 channel files). It was not long ago that Wavpack project came with a solution to the above: a lossless compression algorithm for dsf/dff files, resulting in up to 60% smaller files.
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Understanding the use of DSD files with MPD

DSD, although a very old and failed technology, is again one of the hottest trends in computer audio. Below you will find a quick guide for MPD (Music Player Daemon) that will cover most of your needs: MPD and DSD with DoP  Assuming that your DAC supports the DoP protocol, the only you need to do is to add the following line in audio_output section of mpd.conf: dop "yes" Below you can see an example of this section:
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