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I just got rid of pulseaudio because it breaks in so many different situations.

I've switched to Alsa, and all of my sound is working except in mpd. It seems like I have to set audio_output in /etc/mpd.conf. Here is my config file:

audio_output {
    type "alsa"
    driver "pcm"
    name "whatever"

When I start mpd, this is what happens:

$ sudo mpd --no-daemon --stdout --verbose
playlist: play 1:"Party Playlist/01 Block Rockin' Beats.mp3"
decoder: audio_format=44100:24:2, seekable=true
alsa: default period_time = buffer_time/4 = 371519/4 = 92879
alsa: buffer_size=16384 period_size=4096
output: opened plugin=alsa name="My MPD Alsa Output" audio_format=44100:24:2
playlist: queue song 2:"Party Playlist/01 Umbrella [Feat. Jay-Z].mp3"
output: closed plugin=alsa name="My MPD Alsa Output"
^Clisten: listen_global_finish called
db_finish took 0.000000 seconds

And I hear the song play for less than a second before the audio_output driver is closed. There really aren't any error messages printed explaining why it's not working.

I've also tried "oss", "esd" and "ao" for the audio_output type, and none of them work.

Does anyone have any idea how to configure mpd for Alsa?

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

Try to turn on driver autoselection:

audio_output {
    type "alsa"
    name "ALSA output"

should be enough.

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