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Old 07-15-2006, 08:05 AM   #1
ArthurDent
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WMAs Gstreamer & Rhythmbox - Solved


Hello all,

I'm not exactly an audiophile but I do have some music that I occasionally like to play on my PC whilst I'm working. Some of my collection is in WMA format (my cheapo MP3 player won't play .ogg files so I am stuck with .wma or .mp3).

Although I like Amarok I have a low-spec PC so it takes about a week to launch so I tend to prefer Rhythmbox. The trouble is Rhythmbox won't play the WMAs (and I am NOT talking about DRM protected ones). Amarok plays them fine. Mplayer plays them fine. Xine plays them fine - it's just Rhythmbox - my music player of choice - that won't...

The trouble I guess lies with its back-end - GStreamer. Now I am running FC5 and I have yum-installed every single GStreamer package in both the FC5 Extra and the Livna repositories (except the devel packages) and still it won't work.

I have the following modules / plugins:
Code:
[root@ArthurDent test]# rpm -qa | grep gstream
gstreamer-plugins-ugly-0.10.2-1.lvn5
gstreamer08-plugins-extra-video-0.8.11-5.lvn5
gstreamer-plugins-good-0.10.2-1
gstreamer-tools-0.10.4-1
gstreamer-plugins-base-0.10.5-1
gstreamer08-plugins-0.8.12-5.fc5
gstreamer08-plugins-extra-audio-0.8.11-5.lvn5
gstreamer08-plugins-extra-dvd-0.8.11-5.lvn5
gstreamer-0.10.4-1
gstreamer08-0.8.12-5.fc5
[root@ArthurDent test]#
Can I get Rhythmbox / Gstreamer to play .wma files?

Thanks in advance...

Mark

Last edited by ArthurDent; 07-18-2006 at 05:23 AM.
 
Old 07-17-2006, 05:32 AM   #2
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...and Xmms plays them fine too....*

Any ideas for wma on gsteamer?

Thanks

Mark

* Cunningly disguised bump. (It's been over 36 hours now without a reply - this has never happened to me before on LQ!)
 
Old 07-18-2006, 05:21 AM   #3
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WMAs Gstreamer & Rhythmbox - Solved

Well I know it's scorching hot in most places in the Northern Hemisphere so I guess not as many folks as usual are chained to the computer, but I was most surprised that my favourite forum was unable to help me...

No matter because I have managed to solve the problem. For the benefit of others using FC5 here is my solution:

It seems that I was relying on the packages from the Livna repository (which according to GStreamer's own site are endorsed by GStreamer). However, when I somewhat reluctantly decided to try to compile GStreamer from source to see if that would work I discovered this page on the GStreamer site which shows that GStreamer have their own yum repository. By following the instructions from that page I got the very latest (10.9) version of GStreamer which now plays .wma's just fine too....

Thanks to all.


Mark
 
  


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