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The 3.2 release of Rhythmbox, Ubuntu’s default music player, was announced just a few hours ago with some new features, bug fixes and translation updates.

According the the changelog, Rhythmbox 3.2 brings a Soundcloud plugin, support for disc and track total tags, ability to clear, re-fetch and manually set cover art using the song info window.


There are also some bugs has been fixed in the new release:

  • same songs played after reading a playlist
  • no easy way to unselect the browse by album,artist,genre option
  • Unclear string “in” for translation
  • rhythmbox skips one or two songs after playing certain songs
  • configure warning: ‘INCLUDES’ is the old name for ‘AM_CPPFLAGS’ (or ‘*_CPPFLAGS’)
  • Add track count and disc count to the database
  • data: Add Vorbis aliases as supported mime-types
  • Failure to build with tdb 1.3
  • Crash when right clicking the track list in the library
  • Rhythmbox fails to import MP3 files with ID3 v2.4 tags created by PicardQT
  • Tracks with no embedded covert art show a random cover art from the music collection
  • Right click on any file in ‘Tracks list’ clashes the application
  • Duplicate symbol _rb_metadata_iface_xml
  • gdkx.h explicitly included; prevents building on Mac
  • symbolic icon is broken

How to upgrade to Rhythmbox 3.2 in Ubuntu:

The new release is available in fossfreedom’s PPA, available for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 15.04, and Linux Mint 17.

1. First open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run below command to add the PPA:

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

Add rhythmbox PPA

2. After adding the PPA, launch Software Updater (or Update Manager) and install available updates for Rhythmbox after checking for updates.

upgrade rhythmbox via software updater

Rhythmbox client-side decorations

For Rhythmbox users who are using Gnome Shell, now there’s a plugin to make it look like a real Gnome application by enabling the GTK3 Client-side Decorations (Header bar).

Thanks to david mohammed, with this alternative-toolbar plugin Rhythmbox in Gnome looks like:

rhythmbox client-side decorations

For non-gnome desktops, this plugin doesn’t use the CSD header bar by default. But there’s also a little changes:

Rhythmbox csd plugin for non gnome

If you really want the CSD header bar, non-gnome user cat get it in the plugin preferences.

Enable Client Side Decorations Plugin

How to install the plugin for Rhythmbox:

For Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 14.04, the plugin is available in the developer’s PPA.

Open terminal from the Dash or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run below commands one by one to add the PPA, update system cache, and install the plugin:

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

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-alternative-toolbar

If you don’t want to add PPA, grab and install the .deb package directly from this page. Once installed, enable it by going to Tools -> Plugins.

For other systems and issues, go to the plugin’s project page.

Rhythmbox Music Player

Quick tutorial shows how to show or hide the play bar (control buttons and volume control) in Ubuntu’s default Rhythmbox Music Player.

As a small Christmas present to Rhythmbox v3.x users, a rhythmbox plugin developer has created a plugin allows the control toolbar to be hidden when the application starts.

Show Hide Rhythmbox Control bar

The bar can be redisplayed via the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+T or the menu “View -> Show Toolbar”.

How to install this Rhythmbox Plugin:

The plugin is available in the developer’s PPA for Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 14.10.

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run the commands below one by one to add the PPA and install the plugin:

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

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-alternative-toolbar

For those who don’t want to add PPA, download & install the .deb package (“rhythmbox-plugin-alternative-toolbar_xxx_all.deb”) from the launchpad page.

Once installed, restart Rhythmbox Music Player and enable the plugin from menu “Tools -> Plugins”.

Enable Rhythmbox Plugin

That’s it. Merry Christmas and happy holidays!


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

rhythmbox cover art ubuntu 14.04


Cover art browser plugin v2.0 for the pre-installed Rhythmbox music player was finally announced by the developer, available for Ubuntu 14.04 and later.

For the uninitiated, the CoverArt Browser plugin for Rhythmbox allows you to find, play and queue both albums & individual tracks through various views:

  • Tile-View – a grid like view completely customisable – you can have a iTunes like layout, xnoise or any other media player grid layout.
  • Flow-View – swipe through your albums using different types of flows
  • Artist-View – list all album-artists graphically and find their albums
  • Music Library View – deep integration with standard rhythmbox – move to the Track-based layout and back to the other views in the same way via a toolbar menu (“…”)
  • Play Queue View – new to this release, further deeper integration – move to the Play Queue to see what you have manually queued.

Taken together, you no longer need the side-pane – press F9 to hide and enjoy the increased screen-space to view and play your albums.

Rhythmbox Cover Art browser

Rhythmbox cover art browser

Rhythmbox Cover Art Browser

Single click has improved in this release – play – pause – add albums with one click. For detailed changes, see the link at the end of post.

Rhythmbox Click Cover Play Rhythmbox Click Cover Stop Rhythmbox Add Albums

Install Cover Art Plugin 2.0 in Ubuntu 14.04:

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below one by one:

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

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-coverart-browser

The above will add the developer’s PPA, and install the cover art browser as well as CoverArt search providers from it.

Once installed, re-open the Rhythmbox player and enable the two plugins from Tools -> Plugins …

Rhythmbox Enable Cover Art Plugin


via: xpressubuntu