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Old 05-02-2004, 06:08 AM   #1
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Playing Mp3 files in RH9

Is there any way I can do it?

Says something about support being dropped due to licencing problems...
Old 05-02-2004, 06:17 AM   #2
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Red Hat didn't include mp3 support in their distros because of licensing issues. Simply install it yourself by hand. Easiest way, imo, would be to install MPlayer from source and compile in all the codecs - that way,you get mp3 support and support for other audio files.

I use this how-to. Although it is for a program called Acidrip, there are very good install instructions for MPlayer.

[size=small]How-to written by Trickykid, Acidrip written by Acid_Kewpie[/size]
Old 05-02-2004, 07:57 AM   #3
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You can also install

Old 05-02-2004, 08:54 AM   #4
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After getting mp3's to work, you should seriously consider using ogg vorbis (.ogg) for all NEW audio files you rip. The quality is better, the size is smaller, and there are no licensing issues. Of course, generally coversion of mp3 -> ogg is not a good idea (read the site).
Old 05-02-2004, 10:34 AM   #5
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hey! just download the mp3 plugin or something, and install it (its better if its RPM)
Old 05-02-2004, 12:31 PM   #6
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I have d/l'ed and tried to install plugin for mp3 as suggested by Russ but it begins to install then stops ? with no audio plug-in in xmms

Am I doing something wrong?

(Posted from within RH now!! bit slow cos using Virtual PC but ok)
Old 05-02-2004, 03:55 PM   #7
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What's the error message? You'll find people can help much more the more information they have available.

To install rpm's use the command line (Konsole, gnome-terminal, xterm etc) and type:
rpm -i myrpm.rpm
substituting where appropriate.
Old 05-06-2004, 01:23 PM   #8
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Download XMMS 1.2.8

Hi Adam, I had the same problem with RedHat AS 3 which included XMMS 1.2.7.
I solved the problem by downloading and installing XMMS 1.2.8 from:

Hope it helps !


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