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Old 05-21-2008, 03:00 AM   #1
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Numerous Media Players fail to do so


My favorite internet music source streams in MP3 for which I have tried Real Player, MPlayer, VLC media player, Rhythmbox Music Player and a few others. This evening the Xine extra plugins mp3 codecs failed to install.
At another site I tried to follow the "all media variants" code instructions via terminal and indeed it was terminal, dying an ugly death whilst telling me that no such commands where found.
I have read some documentation for Gutsy, and have done a fair amount of searching for reasonable solutions.
If anyone can illuminate an installation path for a media player that doesn't require code to operate and that doesn't require building the application I would be very grateful.
"Nothing this hard should be considered free" but that's only for today.
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Old 05-21-2008, 06:19 AM   #2
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Hmmm... I don't know. I don't play a lot of mp3 streams, but I think the mplayer plugin handles it for me - it loads, and then you have to click "play" yourself, but you can probably change that.
For webradio and such Rhythmbox has always worked.
What kind of a stream is it? a regular m3u file that you open with the player?
Post the link to the site, so we see what the problem is.

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Old 05-21-2008, 06:26 AM   #3
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you mentioned 'gusty' so im assuming that your on ubuntu...

i use this for all my codec needs

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras


try that
 
Old 05-23-2008, 12:32 PM   #4
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Link to Live365

Hi thanks for you replies. Below is a link to Live365, sorry I am unable make the link live.
I ran the sudo apt-get suggested in terminal (yet a somewhat strange & mystical place with it's second language) which returned that it(restricted repository?) had been installed and it (the code?) was no longer needed.

http://www.live365.com/cgi-bin/direc...?genre=Presets

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Old 05-23-2008, 01:01 PM   #5
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I downloaded the play.pls file from one of the stations.
I could open it with Kaffeine (default KDE media player)
VLC and Amarok.

mplayer didn't open it, that surprised me a bit.

Could you check if you can play mp3 files in general?
 
Old 05-26-2008, 06:42 PM   #6
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Goodbye Gutsy Hello Hardy

Hello OSKAR. Nope, MP3 nor any other will play ... all are followed with the error message that codecs/demux are not available. I've decided to upgrade to 8.04 which will give me a fresh start. Thanks for your help. Hopefully the disk will be here soon
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Old 05-26-2008, 08:38 PM   #7
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NO! OMG - stick with gutsy!

Hardy is the biggest public beta test since Windows Vista. Wait a couple of months.

All you need to do is to install the 'restricted-extras' package
What might have been your problem the first time around - it's possible that you need to manually add the universe repository.

Open:
system-administration-synaptic
Go to Settings - Repositories. Make sure that the 'Universe' or 'community maintained' repository is activated. Save and click reload.

and install the restricted-extras package

That should cover all your codec needs.

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Old 05-26-2008, 09:01 PM   #8
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I've never gotten "live365" to work since they turned it into a membership thing. Haven't tried very hard tho. I have never had a problem with regular radio stations, tho. Try http://www.wumb.org/listenlive/wumbfast.pls

Of course if Ubuntu is not able to auto-install the nonfree codecs they are so proud of, that's another issue.
 
Old 05-27-2008, 01:50 AM   #9
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Repository(s) installed

The restricted-extras package has been present/enabled for some time. Regarding Hardy my understanding was/is that the full release - as opposed to the beta and/or release candidate - happened in April just passed. Jeezzz, more rereading.

Regarding the www.wumb link the xine plugin opens full screen proclaiming that playback has started ... then buffering sticks at 6%. Somethin's missin',

Note: Synaptic manager informs me that 23,148 packages are listed with 1238 presently installed on this system. People love options and I'm no exception. Gee, I can review 900 a month and be done before my birthday next year... provided my learning curve improves.

I'll keep reading ...
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Old 05-27-2008, 04:55 AM   #10
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The restricted-extras package has been present/enabled for some time. Regarding Hardy my understanding was/is that the full release - as opposed to the beta and/or release candidate - happened in April just passed. Jeezzz, more rereading.
Correct. I wasn't referring to the official status but to the general user experience. I experienced about a dozen known and confirmed bugs. Three of them were unsolvable as of three days ago and pretty much broke my system.
If you haven't updated already I would strongly suggest that you stick with Gutsy. Nothing has changed regarding the mulitmedia plugins.


I don't understand why you're opening it with xine. gstreamer is the default in ubuntu, and it has worked well in my experience. Could you double-check if you have the ubuntu-restricted-extras installed. Also check if it correctly installed gstreamer-plugins good, bad and ugly. That is all you should need.

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Old 07-04-2008, 12:17 PM   #11
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Media Player resolution

I'm happy to report that Hardy 8.04 played live365 on first boot up via Totem. The upgrade distribution was a model of ease. I retired to bed leaving the installation unattended and when I woke the puppy was waiting for my password.
The only bug that I have experienced - if it is even that - is when cutting an item from a web page for paste into openoffice a data recovery function will close before displaying the cut item. I haven't explored the help files (or reported bugs) on this yet, but it maybe related to moving data between desktops, or possibly the cut item carries proprietary code.
Today I hope to install XP on a second hard drive, but frankly I'm so comfortable with Hardy I can't remember why. I apologize for it taking so long to return to this forum.
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Old 07-06-2008, 06:29 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by cadoc View Post
My favorite internet music source streams in MP3 for which I have tried Real Player, MPlayer, VLC media player, Rhythmbox Music Player and a few others. This evening the Xine extra plugins mp3 codecs failed to install.
At another site I tried to follow the "all media variants" code instructions via terminal and indeed it was terminal, dying an ugly death whilst telling me that no such commands where found.
I have read some documentation for Gutsy, and have done a fair amount of searching for reasonable solutions.
If anyone can illuminate an installation path for a media player that doesn't require code to operate and that doesn't require building the application I would be very grateful.
"Nothing this hard should be considered free" but that's only for today.
cadoc
i got kind of confused and dizzy reading all the responses....
can you try xmms? that may work.
 
Old 07-07-2008, 11:44 AM   #13
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Hardy H installs totem+mplayer automatic

Totem frontend is streaming MP3 -and anything else with mplayer providing visualizations and video - here's all I know about mmxs <http://www.xmms.org/> Everything worked immediately following installation of Hardy H.
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Old 07-07-2008, 12:14 PM   #14
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Talking Correction: Totem only

I misspoke in my previous post, so as not to lead anyone astray mplayer is not involved in the excellent streaming I have been experiencing since installation of distribution 8.04 LTS Hardy Herron. Hardy fully resolved the media player issues I had with Gutsy.
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Old 07-07-2008, 03:58 PM   #15
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Haven't quite understood all the people w/ issues on Hardy. I've had zero probs out of it on several computers.

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