Ubuntu and media players
Finally, I have a decent working media player for Ubuntu.
I read all over the place that Rythmbox was supposed to be able to play mp3 files. I couldn't get it to work, no matter what I did.
Totem is supposed to be a media player that works. It didn't work for me. I even took the backend out and replaced it with totem-xine. That gave me video, but still no audio. Back to the drawing board I go.
Finally, I uninstalled Totem. I uninstalled Rythmbox. I uninstalled Totem's backend. Frustrated, I did it all the hard way.
Went to xinehq.de, got the all the tarballs I needed, unpacked, and compiled them myself. Now I can listen to any MP3 and watch any video file I want.
Yay for multimedia!