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Scratch that last post of mine. I got a chance to actually try it out, but after installing the "gstreamer0.8-plugins" package it still won't load some mp3 files. It loads others, though, so not all mp3 is bunk'd. Also, programs other than Rhythmbox box can load and play the mp3 files in question.
apt-get reported that the specific packages reccomended, gstreamer-plugins-bad and gstreamer-plugins-ugly don't exist in stable even with the debain-multimedia source added in, which is why I just used the 'plugins' package. Should I have got something else?
I'm not using debian atm. I tried out etch for a while when it went to stable.
Make sure you have non-free sources in your sources.list. Also, afaik programs like mplayer and vlc come with all the codecs to play mp3, dvd, etc. And see this from the debian wiki: http://wiki.debian.org/MultimediaCod...8multimedia%29