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I tried to change the preferred format in Rhythmbox, however, I can't see any form of mp3 in the preferred format dropdown menu, even though I have two separate entries for mp3s listed in the "edit" option and they are both "active". The ony entries that I have ever seen in the "preferred format" choices are
It doesn't seem to matter what I mark as "active". If I remove the four that are in the active menue, then there is nothing there, even if I've marked the mp3 entries as active
I'm running Ubuntu Feisty.
Oh, and I have gstreamer0.8-mad, w32codecs, lame, gstreamer0.8lame, and installed. It created a mp3 entry in the edit menu, but not the preferred format menu.
I believe that Rhythmbox uses Sound Juicer for audio extraction. The following is quoted from the Sound Juicer Manual.
If you need to store tracks in the MP3 format (for example, if your portable music player only supports MP3 and not Ogg Vorbis), you will need to create a new profile. To do this, click on Edit Profiles, click New, and name the profile MP3.
Select the MP3 profile and click the Edit button.
Set GStreamer Pipeline to audio/x-raw-int,rate=44100,channels=2 ! lame name=enc ! id3mux
Set the File Extension to mp3, and select the Active check box.
You will have to restart Sound Juicer to see the new audio profile.
This profile uses the LAME MP3 encoder, so you will need to have the GStreamer LAME plugin installed.
Thank you for taking the time to look around. Yes, I'd found that as well and tried it. That's one of the two separate entries I have for mp3s at this time. The other was created when I installed gstreamer0.8-mad. It has a gstreamer pipe of
I could have one or the other or both active and neither show up in the drop down for preferred formats. CD Quality AAC is also in the editable profile list by default (I think) yet won't show up in the drop menu for the preferred profile.
The other odd thing is that it will play mp3s, just won't let me set it as the preferred format.
Is there a bug in the Feisty package for Rhythmbox?
. . . Yes, there is (I just found out). It's a long thread, but those interested can find it HERE.
No, Ubuntu seems to have a blend of gstreamer packages installed by default. I have added some, on the recommendation of other howto's. Here's a complete list (I think) of the gstreamer packages I have installed.
The reason I asked is because the version of totem-gstreamer in Feisty depends on gstreamer0.10. I thought that there might be a conflict between the different versions, but according to the gstreamer website, they can be installed in parallel.
This was problematic for me because I couldn't get "CD Quality, MP3" to appear in the dropdown list under Edit -> Preferences -> Music -> Preferred Format. You need to have Ubuntu packages BOTH liblame0 and gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse installed. Then MP3 will appear in the "Preferred Format" dropdown for Rhythmbox and it will transcode to MP3.