There is a little known feature of VLC that allows you to have an interactive text interface for creating playlists and listening to music.
Start VLC in ncurses mode
vlc --intf ncurses
Note: You may have to create an alias or add the location of VLC to your PATH. Your choice.
alias vlc="/Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/VLC" export PATH="$PATH:/Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/VLC"
shift + bbrowse
spaceadd file/folder, play/pause
Here is an alias that makes startup and nagivation easier. Throw this in your
export MUSIC="/Volumes/32GB_MICRO/music" alias nvlc="vlc --intf ncurses --browse-dir $MUSIC"
Now, start it up with