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Ubuntu’s default Rhythmbox music player finally released a new version with podcast improvements, code cleanup, and various bug-fixes.

It has been more than 2 years since the last release of Rhythmbox music player. The new Rhythmbox 3.4.5 comes with improvements to the podcast support:

  • Rewritten podcast downloader with better resume and retry
  • Use podcast episode GUIDs to handle episode URL changes
  • Fixes for feed description, album art, and downloading issue.

The release also ported DAAP plugin to libdmapsharing-4.0 API, enabled UTF-8 support in metadata scanner. The app ID has been renamed to “org.gnome.Rhythmbox3”. And, it has now switched to Meson for its building system.

Other changes include:

  • Remove soundcloud plugin, mmkeys plugin, and gnome-settings-daemon MediaKeys plugin
  • Song info ui, webremote plugin, and many other fixes.
  • And, translation updates. See more here.

How to Get Rhythmbox

Ubuntu usually won’t update the package for all current Ubuntu releases. So far, the only way to get Rhythmbox is using the Linux universal Flatpak package.

1. Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to install the Flatpak daemon:

sudo apt install flatpak

Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 16.04 need to add the Flatpak PPA first.

2. Next, all current Ubuntu releases may install the player by running the command below in terminal:

flatpak install https://dl.flathub.org/repo/appstream/org.gnome.Rhythmbox3.flatpakref

To avoid duplicated app icons, you may remove the system default package via sudo apt remove rhythmbox

Uninstall Rhythmbox flatpak

For any reason, you can remove the package easily by running the command below in terminal window:

flatpak uninstall org.gnome.Rhythmbox3

And cleanup unused runtimes via flatpak uninstall --unused.

QuodLibet-icon

Quod Libet is an open-source music player, tag editor and library organizer that is able to handle libraries with over 10,000 songs.

Quod Libet is a GTK+ based audio player written in Python, using the Mutagen tagging library. The main design philosophy is that the user knows how they want to organize their music best and is built to be fully customizable and extensible using regular expressions.

The player works on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, it supports most of the features you’d expect from a modern media player: Unicode support, advanced tag editing, Replay Gain, podcasts & internet radio, album art support and all major audio formats.

Quodlibet Music Player

Install/Upgrade Quod Libet in Ubuntu:

While Ubuntu repositories provide an old version of this software, you can get the latest version (3.3.1 so far) from its PPA repository and receive future updates. Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 15.04 and Linux mint are supported so far.

To add the PPA, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal and run:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:lazka/ppa

Add Quod Libet PPA

After that, upgrade Quod Libet from an old version by running Software Updater and installing updates.

Or run below commands one by one to install it:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install quodlibet

audacious 3.4.3 Ubuntu

Audacious, the default audio player in Lubuntu and in Ubuntu Studio now is at version 3.4.3, which brings two important bug fixes and translation updates.

As you may know Audacious is an advanced music player with a focus on low resource usage, high audio quality, and support for a wide range of audio formats.

Audacious has below features (more about audacious at wikipedia):

  • built-in gapless playback
  • support for a wide range of audio formats
  • various plugins
  • support for Winamp 2 skins
  • accepts connections from client software, such as Conky.

The new release Audacious 3.4.3 mainly fixed below bugs:

  • Opus files are missed when opening folder (#364)
  • Exporting as cue-file produces segmentation fault (#371)

Audacious Music Player

Install Audacious:

For Ubuntu and its derivatives, we can install audacious from PPA. Supports Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04.

To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install adacious