I use MPD to stream music, but noticed that I often could not get any sound. I finally figured out that if I quit the Chrome web browser, then playback would continue.

This is the relevant section of my mpd.conf file,

audio_output {
    type        "alsa"
    name        "ma Device"
    mixer_type      "software"    # optional
    dsd_usb         "yes"

It is also the case that if MPD is playing music, then Chrome can't play any type of video file - I click play on a youtube video and it will hang until I pause MPD. Then when Chrome is playing the video, the output of a fuser -fv /dev/snd/* command is

                     USER        PID ACCESS COMMAND
/dev/snd/controlC0:  jason      2085 F.... pulseaudio
/dev/snd/pcmC0D0p:   jason      2085 F...m pulseaudio

The pcmC0D0p appears to be Chrome, and controlC0 is MPD. Sometimes playback on MPD will continue when I stop the video, but sometimes the pcmC0D0p will stay active until I quit Chrome.

Bottom line, MPD will not play while pcmC0D0p is active.

1 Answer 1


To be able to use PulseAudio's mechanism of sharing the sound device, all applications must use PulseAudio.

You have to configure MPD to use PulseAudio.

  • Following the instructions in that page, and then restarting, I now have MPD working no matter what. And now the youtube video will start and play just fine, but the sound will not work on the youtube. Even if I stop the MPD service, still no sound from youtube
    – Jason B.
    Nov 26, 2015 at 13:34
  • It could have something to do with this, there is no output device listed for sound any more
    – Jason B.
    Nov 26, 2015 at 13:38

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