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Old 09-02-2007, 02:44 PM   #1
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MP3 in amarok


Hi Just installed Edgy and upgraded to Fiesty on a partitioned laptop and it's going pretty well. Finally having Ubuntu installed for real (no longer wubi) is great.

Having a few issues though.

Amarok installed fine but when I try to play an MP3 the 'install MP3 support' window appears and the program freezes. Tried restarting the app and the PC but same issue. I tried to install the rhythumbox mp3 support gstreamer plugins but rhythumbox still didn't play mp3's so I thought id go to Amarok as I know it better anyway, but no joy.

I tried the VLC player but the sound quality was terrible until I turned the apps volume way down and the PC volume up. I guess theres too much output for my on board sound. Not a problem though just a note for other noobs. . I like VLC and it's playing MP3s just fine but I'd still like to be able to play them in Amarok too.


Also I'd like to link to a folder
/media/hda1/Documents and Settings/Dieu/My Documents/My Music
With a desktop shortcut but the spaces in the path are causing an issue. How do I create the shortcut?

The list was much longer when I started posting this but I've been able to fix/install most of the stuff that was giving me crap.

I have a wireless issue too but when I tried it in Wubi it turned into an epic so will start another thread.

Thanks
 
Old 09-02-2007, 03:01 PM   #2
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Go to Amarok settings (or any player) and see what backend/engine/player it is using. Xine, GStreamer, ... it could be anything. Anyway, after finding out what the engine is, locate the correct plugin(s)/codec(s) for that engine that allow the engine to play mp3 files (or something else). Install those you found, and it should work. If the app is freezing, consider purging it (removing along with all config files) and then reinstalling.

EDIT: many "players" like Amarok aren't actually players themselves, but more like a front-end to the real player. Some players like XMMS are players themselves, but things like Totem and Amarok are just nicer ways of controlling the real engines that do the job.

To link filenames with spaces or other special chars, you usually either escape the special chars (like whitespaces) with \ or more easily put the filename between quites, like [i]"file name with quotes.xxx". That should do the trick.

Last edited by b0uncer; 09-02-2007 at 03:15 PM.
 
Old 09-02-2007, 06:25 PM   #3
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Thanks b0uncer for the info. The engine was xine so I tried this

Code:
sudo apt-get install libxine-extracodecs
still crashing though. Am I installing the wrong codecs?
 
Old 09-02-2007, 06:38 PM   #4
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Chances are Amarok is using the Xine engine, which means you'll need to install libxine1-ffmpeg.
I'm lazy when it comes to typing, when typing commands with directories/files in the command, I type the first couple letters of the directory name and hit the Tab key on the keyboard and bash will show a list of all directories/files starting with those one or two letters and I'll type in the third letter to narrow it down, eventually bash will complete it when only one file/directory starting with those letters exist. If there is only one file or directory starting with the/those letters, bash will complete the directory/file name without me typing anymore. Bash will usually put a slash and a space like so:
Documents and Settings = Documents\ and\ Settings/

Last edited by Junior Hacker; 09-02-2007 at 06:40 PM.
 
Old 09-02-2007, 06:49 PM   #5
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Thanks for the tips, JH. I

t would seem I already have libxine1-ffmpeg installed

Code:
simon@simon-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install libxine1-ffmpeg
Password:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
libxine1-ffmpeg is already the newest version.
libxine1-ffmpeg set to manual installed.
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  edgy-gdm-themes linux-headers-2.6.17-6 libmono-system-data1.0-cil
  libmono1.0-cil industrialtango-theme libmono-sharpzip0.84-cil libmyspell3c2
  libbtctl2 libglib1.2 libxt-java libxml-perl edgy-wallpapers resilience-theme
  libpisock8 po-debconf libmono-system-web1.0-cil intltool-debian gettext
  libjaxp1.2-java gok linux-headers-2.6.17-6-amd64-generic
  libmono-data-tds1.0-cil libmono-security1.0-cil libxml-grove-perl
  legacyhuman-theme libmono-sqlite1.0-cil xkeyboard-config gtkhtml3.8
  gray-theme libdecoration0 liboobs-1-0 outdoors-theme libgnomebt0
  edgy-community-wallpapers linux-headers-amd64-generic libopenobex-1.0-0
  silicon-theme edgy-session-splashes freeglut3
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
simon@simon-laptop:~$
So dost this mean I have all the correct codecs intalled?
 
Old 09-02-2007, 07:58 PM   #6
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I would think so, although I haven't installed Amarok in Ubuntu, I have been installing it in Debian, and a couple three months ago, all I would do was install Amarok (and it would automatically install dependencies like Amarok-engines, Amarok-xine, etc.) to play mp3s, now I have to install the libxine1-ffmpeg also since license issues apparently came into play on Debian based distributions. Just Amarok and libxine1-ffmpeg are the only two items in synaptic I select and I can play mp3s.
I just selected Amarok in synaptic in Ubuntu, and it does not add Amarok-engines, nor libxine1-ffmpeg, but it does include libxine1. I would go ahead and install it if I were on high speed, but I'm on dial-up and that would take about 2+ hours.
 
Old 09-02-2007, 08:10 PM   #7
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I don't know if this will help, but I'm running both Debian and Ubuntu in Vmware inside of Windows XP right now, neither of them has Amarok installed in this setup as I use Media player (Amarok is better, does not need 5 minutes to re-load the 6000 song playlist like media player upon boot-up). I did an "apt-get install amarok" in both, below is the list of packages they wanted to install, you might be able to figure out what Debian installs that Ubuntu doesn't, and figure out why I can play mp3s in Debian by only installing Amarok and linxine1-ffmpeg:
For Ubuntu:
Code:
jo@jo-desktop:~$ sudo apt-get install amarok
Password:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
  amarok-xine fftw3 kdebase-bin kdebase-kio-plugins kdelibs-data kdelibs4c2a
  kdesktop libarts1c2a libartsc0 libavahi-qt3-1 libcurl3-gnutls
  libdbus-qt-1-1c2 libifp4 libkonq4 liblua50 liblualib50 libmodplug0c2 libmtp5
  libmysqlclient15off libnjb5 libofa0 libopenexr2c2a libpcre3 libpq5 libpulse0
  libqt3-mt libruby1.8 libtunepimp5 libxine1 libxvmc1 mysql-common python-qt3
  python-sip4 ruby ruby1.8
Suggested packages:
  libvisual-0.4-plugins libqt0-ruby1.8 amarok-engines fftw3-dev khelpcenter
  mtools fam pulseaudio libqt3-mt-psql libqt3-mt-mysql libqt3-mt-odbc
  libxine1-plugins xine-ui gxine python-qt3-gl python-qt3-doc python-qt3-dbg
  python-sip4-dbg ruby1.8-examples rdoc1.8 ri1.8
Recommended packages:
  kdemultimedia-kio-plugins pmount kamera perl-suid libarts1-akode
  libxine1-ffmpeg
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  amarok amarok-xine fftw3 kdebase-bin kdebase-kio-plugins kdelibs-data
  kdelibs4c2a kdesktop libarts1c2a libartsc0 libavahi-qt3-1 libcurl3-gnutls
  libdbus-qt-1-1c2 libifp4 libkonq4 liblua50 liblualib50 libmodplug0c2 libmtp5
  libmysqlclient15off libnjb5 libofa0 libopenexr2c2a libpcre3 libpq5 libpulse0
  libqt3-mt libruby1.8 libtunepimp5 libxine1 libxvmc1 mysql-common python-qt3
  python-sip4 ruby ruby1.8
0 upgraded, 36 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
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For Debian:
Code:
foxfire:/home/jo# apt-get install amarok
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
  amarok-engines amarok-xine fftw3 libasyncns0 libcurl3-gnutls libdirectfb-0.9-25 libflac8 libgpod2 libifp4 libkarma0
  libmagick9 libmodplug0c2 libmpcdec3 libmtp5 libmusicbrainz4c2a libmysqlclient15off libnjb5 libofa0 libpq5 libpulse0
  libruby1.8 libsdl1.2debian libsdl1.2debian-alsa libspeex1 libsqlite3-0 libsvga1 libtag1c2a libtagc0 libtheora0 libtunepimp5
  libvisual-0.4-0 libxcb-shape0 libxcb-shm0 libxcb-xv0 libxcb1 libxine1 libxvmc1 mysql-common ruby ruby1.8 svgalibg1 unzip
Suggested packages:
  libvisual-0.4-plugins python-qt3 libqt0-ruby1.8 fftw3-dev libwmf-bin pulseaudio speex libxine1-plugins xine-ui gxine
  ruby1.8-examples rdoc1.8 ri1.8 zip
Recommended packages:
  kdemultimedia-kio-plugins ca-certificates libgpod-common libxine1-ffmpeg libxine1-doc libxine-doc
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  amarok amarok-engines amarok-xine fftw3 libasyncns0 libcurl3-gnutls libdirectfb-0.9-25 libflac8 libgpod2 libifp4 libkarma0
  libmagick9 libmodplug0c2 libmpcdec3 libmtp5 libmusicbrainz4c2a libmysqlclient15off libnjb5 libofa0 libpq5 libpulse0
  libruby1.8 libsdl1.2debian libsdl1.2debian-alsa libspeex1 libsqlite3-0 libsvga1 libtag1c2a libtagc0 libtheora0 libtunepimp5
  libvisual-0.4-0 libxcb-shape0 libxcb-shm0 libxcb-xv0 libxcb1 libxine1 libxvmc1 mysql-common ruby ruby1.8 svgalibg1 unzip
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EDIT: I have KDE in Debian, Ubuntu is Gnome.

Last edited by Junior Hacker; 09-02-2007 at 08:12 PM.
 
Old 09-02-2007, 08:14 PM   #8
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Amarok is a KDE application, might be you're missing some key KDE packages.
 
Old 09-03-2007, 11:20 AM   #9
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Volume in Ubuntu

I am totally new to Linux. -- Have installed Ubuntu 7.04 and I reckon ther is a prob. with the volume control. --Half way seems to be MAX. Beyond this you get a loud click, then the distortion levels rrise. They need to fix this.
I will be happier when I manage to get my DSL modem to connect so I can get some extra goodies, and some avi cdecs. 'Til that happy day, I can only commincate via windoze.
 
Old 09-04-2007, 11:13 AM   #10
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Quote:
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Amarok is a KDE application, might be you're missing some key KDE packages.
Any idea how I would go about checking?
 
Old 09-05-2007, 02:02 PM   #11
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You can probably issue the command:

sudo apt-get install kde-core

And that should install the core files for KDE. Hopefully that will give you what you are missing in order to run Amarok under Ubuntu.

(I'm a KDE fan so I'm running Kubuntu myself, but the underlying OS is basically the same...)
 
Old 09-05-2007, 09:09 PM   #12
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Any idea how I would go about checking?
When I issued the "apt-get install amarok" in Ubuntu, it said it would install kdesktop as noted below. Which means you probably can log into the KDE instead of Gnome to use Amarok.
Quote:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
amarok amarok-xine fftw3 kdebase-bin kdebase-kio-plugins kdelibs-data
kdelibs4c2a kdesktop libarts1c2a libartsc0 libavahi-qt3-1 libcurl3-gnutls
libdbus-qt-1-1c2 libifp4 libkonq4 liblua50 liblualib50 libmodplug0c2 libmtp5
libmysqlclient15off libnjb5 libofa0 libopenexr2c2a libpcre3 libpq5 libpulse0
libqt3-mt libruby1.8 libtunepimp5 libxine1 libxvmc1 mysql-common python-qt3
python-sip4 ruby ruby1.8
 
Old 09-05-2007, 10:33 PM   #13
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Why not just stick with Gnome native apps, or apps that won't require a load of dependencies... I like Amarok, and had it on my Ubuntu system up till about a week ago, then it kept crashing for no apparent reason, etc. I messed with trying to fix it, couldn't, and removed it, and started using Banshee. I like Amarok the best for managing an Ipod, but Banshee works well also

Exaile
Banshee
Rhythmbox

Are all fine choices.

IGF
 
Old 09-06-2007, 11:08 AM   #14
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Thanks for the help guys. I'll give your ideas a go.
 
  


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