I've been playing with the Mac OS X "Leopard" command line lately, and one of the cool things I've discovered is a CLI audio player that's already installed out-of-the-box. I know some Mac users out there still don't know this tiny feature so I thought I should share this.
A command line audio player can very useful to those who want to play sound files while conserving system resources. It can also be used along with a shell script and Automator action.
The OS X command line audio player that I'm talking about is called afplay.
Since afplay is in your path by default (located at /usr/bin directory), you can play audio files directly with a simple command like in this example:
There are a few options that you can display using help: afplay -h. You can also display the man page: man afplay.
If you want a powerful CLI audio player, Linux has plenty to offer. Right now I'm using mp3blaster and MPlayer. But, that's another story :-)