Gnome’s default music player, Rhythmbox, has reached the 3.4 release. It has been made into the universe repository (to be default) for Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety.
Rhythmbox 3.4 comes with a new remote web control plugin, allows users to control the basic music playback remotely via a web browser.
Other changes in Rhythmbox 3.4:
- Grilo plugin now uses Grilo 0.3
- Soundcloud plugin fetches more search results and allows pausing
- No longer uses webkit (partly due to OpenBSD W^X enforcement)
- Slightly better handling of keyboard shortcuts for playback
- Core and some plugin data files compiled into binaries using GResources
- Memory leak and plugin fixes, translation updates, etc.
- See more in NEWS page.
Install Rhythmbox 3.4 in Ubuntu 16.04
Besides building the new release from source, you can install Rhythmbox 3.4 in Ubuntu Gnome 16.04 via a third-party PPA repository.
[ac-box style=”alert”]Tried both official Rhythmbox 3.4 build in Ubuntu 16.10 daily and the PPA backports in Ubuntu 16.04, there are a few issues found in my case:
- No menu (global or title bar menu) in Unity Desktop
- new web control plugin does not work in my browser
If you intend to install Rhythmbox 3.4 via PPA, follow below steps:
1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/rhythmbox
2. Update package index and install the 3.4 packages:
sudo apt update; sudo apt install rhythmbox rhythmbox-plugins
DO NOT use
apt upgrade, because the PPA also contains GTK 3.20 backports you may not want.
3. Remove the PPA after installation, via either Software & Updates -> Other Software or the command below:
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:vascofalves/gnome-backports && sudo apt update
4. (Optional) To revert back to Rhythmbox 3.3, purge the PPA via ppa-purge
sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:fossfreedom/rhythmbox