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Old 10-12-2005, 05:49 PM   #1
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cant listen to mp3 files


i have ubuntu.. but i cant listen to mp3 files..
i am new using linux may be you can explain me with words easy to understand...
Old 10-12-2005, 06:54 PM   #2
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Ahh, welcome to linux. This same topic tends to get me angry. You see, mp3 is actually a standard set my the motion pictures group. In order to legally use it (technically) , you have to pay royalty fees to them. Windows and other OS's which cost money take care of these things. However, when you don't pay anything for an get the point. Its standards such as this which keep monopolies in the hands of these companies.

You have two options really. One is to convert the music to the free .ogg format. It actually sounds great, even a tad better than mp3. Problem is that the conversions can take awhile, and the files are larger. I tried this myself and eventually gave up because it took so long.

Other option is to download a player that can play mp3s (shhh....). The one I use is called xine. I haven't ran into a file it can't play yet. I know it can play mp3s, avi, wmv (although sometimes having a problem with sound), tv (with tuner card), DVDs...

The link to xine with all the files you need to play mp3s ishere. You need to install xine-lib, xine-ui, and the win32 packages. Of course these are rpms, but you can use alien to convert them to debs and then install them. If you don't know how to install them, feel free to ask.
Old 10-12-2005, 07:17 PM   #3
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hi... i really tried to install xine, but i cant, i dont know how..xD

what file do i have to execute?
or how do i kwnow that the program has been installed?
Old 10-12-2005, 11:28 PM   #4
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If you have the files downloaded, which i assume you do, do the following:
Open a terminal window (right click on desktop and click open terminal)
Type in su and enter the root password when prompted (if you have never provided a root password to the system, just ignore this line as long as you're using the first account made on the system)
Go to the directory that holds the .rpm files by using the cd command.
(cd [path to files, such as /home/supermaton/rpms/xine]) If anything has a space in it with the cd command, such as my rpms as a folder, enclose it in quotes (/home/supermaton/"my rpms"/xine)
Type ls (this will show the files within the folder.)
Type alien name of rpm for each rpm. This will create a file with the same name followed by the .deb extension.
Type mkdir /home/binary (this will create a folder called binary in the home folder)
Type mkdir /home/binary/binary
For each .deb file made, type mv name of file /home/binary (this moves the files)
Type cd /home/binary
Type dpkg-scanpackages . /dev/null | gzip -c -9 > Packages.gz (feel free to copy and paste this line...I did the first time I saw it . That | is the shift of the \ key)
Type cp Packages.gz /home/binary/binary

The purpose of all of this was to convert the .rpm files (for redhat and fedora core) to .deb files (for ubuntu and other debian-based distrobutions). Now you need to install them.

From the desktop, go to system-administration-synaptic package manager and type in youre password when prompted. Within synaptic, go to settings-repositories. Click add, then click custom. When it asks for the APT line, type file:///home/binary binary/ Click Add repository, then click OK. Click the boxes next to the following files: w32codec, libxine1, and xine-ui. Once the three are checked, click apply. The packages are installed.

To use xine, enter into a terminal and type xine. Right click within xine, and there are a ton of options. If eveything went well, you can now play mp3s.
Old 10-13-2005, 12:51 AM   #5
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Try downloading XMMS.. Its simpler to setup.. Easy to use..

Once you follow the standard procedures to install XMMS, you can configure your sound card and Play your favourite tracks..
Old 10-18-2005, 11:23 PM   #6
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assuming you are on gnome...might want to upgrade your repositories and such(google around for how to do that)

get rythmbox
then usuing synaptic get gstreamer-faad
Old 10-19-2005, 03:00 PM   #7
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i think u have'nt got the Gstreamer Plugin to play MP3s,

Use Synaptic to install that,.....


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