How to Upgrade to Rhythmbox 3.1 in Ubuntu 14.04 / 14.10

October 27, 2014 — 6 Comments

Rhythmbox Music Player

Rhythmbox is the default music player for Ubuntu Unity and Gnome. It has reached version 3.1 while Ubuntu 14.04/14.10 still provides Rhythmbox 3.0.x.

Rhythmbox 3.1 comes with assorted bug fixes, GTK 3.14+ compatible, and now it includes an AppData file. It’s worth upgrading the player if you have upgraded to Gnome 3.14 or ever encountered below bugs:

  • “Edit > Preferences > General > Visibile Columns > BPM” missing mnemonic
  • UPNP servers do not get removed after they become unavailable
  • SendTo plugin does not work with music files containing apostrophe
  • Rhythmbox incorrectly reads the year tag of m4a files
  • support libsecret 0.18 (SecretUnstable to Secret API change)
  • rhythmbox crashes upon “Jump to Playing Song”
  • Song properties dialog “Basic” tab, “Comment” keyboard mnemonic is same as “Composer”
  • Notification disappears when I pause my music
  • New Radio Paradise URLs
  • The latest rhythmbox needs atleast libglib 2.34
  • Wording used for importing music in import screen is not clear
  • rhythmbox crashes with SIGSEGV due to double free in rb_podcast_parse_channel_free
  • rhythmbox / audioscrobbler fails if built from separate build dir
  • Inequal sizing and alignment in rhythmbox UI.
  • grilo: Do not free GrlRegistry
  • rhythmbox-client –stop
  • Rhythmbox 3.0.2 crashes if attempting to load pls stream before any other type
  • AAC tags are improperly parsed for the “year” field
  • daap source compilation failure with ubuntu 14.04
  • Rating stars are not vertically aligned in GtkTreeView listing
  • Rhythmbox crash when adding songs to a playlist
  • Right-clicking on song causes Segmentation fault
  • song-info ui files need update
  • is in wrong location

How to Upgrade Rhythmbox:

Thanks to fossfreedom, the 3.1 release has been made into PPA, available for Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and derivatives.

To add the PPA, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run the command below:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:fossfreedom/rhythmbox

After that, launch Software Updater (or Synaptic Package Manager) and you’ll see Rhythmbox available for upgrade after checking for updates.

Upgrade Rhythmbox Music Player

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6 responses to How to Upgrade to Rhythmbox 3.1 in Ubuntu 14.04 / 14.10

  1. Thank you, it works

  2. Hoover Campoverde January 12, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Thank you so much Ji M. It really works. I did it using Ubuntu 14.04.1LTS amd64.

  3. Didn’t work for me. I get an error message: “Cannot add PPA. Please check that the PPA name or format is correct. “

  4. Works like a charm. For me, it was the Ctrl-J bug that was bugging me (jump to current song). I can’t believe the Ubuntu people haven’t back-ported this to the official version though.

  5. Works even in Lubuntu 14.04.! I had a lot of trouble updating my music archive because I put it on a NAS (user permission problems with Rhythmbox when using samba) and I also tried to get my old iPod Classic running with Lubuntu (Journaling Problems). But now it seems I am getting somewhere.

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