Festival is a general multi-lingual speech synthesis system developed at CSTR. It offers a full text to speech system with various APIs, as well an environment for development and research of speech synthesis techniques. It is written in C++ with a Scheme-based command interpreter for general control.
The festvox project, based at Carnegie Mellon University, distributes documentation, scripts, and examples that should be sufficient for an interested person to build her own synthetic voices in currently supported languages or new languages in the University of Edinburgh's Festival Speech Synthesis System. The quality of the result depends much on the time and skill of the builder. For English, it may be possible to build a new voice in a couple of days' work; a new language may take months or years to build.
In a nutshell, the Network Audio System (NAS) is the audio equivalent of an X display server. It was developed by NCD for playing, recording, and manipulating audio data over a network. Like the X Window System, it uses the client/server model to separate applications from the specific drivers that control audio input and output devices.
MPy3 is a full-featured, modular, configurable MP3 player system aimed at jukeboxes or car MP3 systems. It can play MP3s via rxaudio or mpg123, take input from a keyboard (tty), LIRC, or joystick. It does output through a CrystalFontz LCD directly, or through any LCD that LCDProc supports, or even through X. It features playlist support and support for controlling the mixer (using aumix). All of the inputs, outputs, and other functions are controlled via a number of modular libraries which can be used in other projects as well.
mp3Rip is yet another MP3 ripper. This one requires very little user intervention--you just have to insert the CD and start the program. It rips the songs as quickly as possible so another CD can be started while other CDs are being compressed. It also organizes MP3s using CDDB information, and it can recover from errors with minimal wasted effort.
iCommune is an application that extends Apple's iTunes to share music over the network. It allows you to share the music in your iTunes library and access other iCommune music collections. iCommune music collections appear as playlists in your iTunes window. You can browse through them, and choose to stream or download the music they contain.
Hayes is the playlist for Noatun that attempts to be efficient for those users with large directories full of music, especially directories futher organized by album. For these users, Hayes should be more efficient in speed and memory than the usual playlist. Plus, the playlist is updated in realtime as the directories change on-disk, so playlist maintenance is no longer an issue. For everyone else, Hayes has some nice features, too: full integration with the KDE global "MetaInfo" system for generic handling of tag information, a fully KDE-standard user interface, proper shuffle behavior with a history, multiple sort modes (including a drag-reorderable custom sort), and nifty checkboxes that let you turn particular files or directories on/off. Two-way Konqueror integration adds convenience to playback and file management. All playlist data is stored in .directory files, which are easily readable and reusable by other applications and tools.