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kirtimaan_bkn 07-25-2005 07:40 AM

Installing MP3 Support On Ubuntu

Recently I switched to Ubuntu (linux from mandrake 10.1. Its very fast on my system. But only one thing it lacks MP3 file support. Rythembox always give error that required plugin is not installed on my system. I installed mplayer, and that gave me another message. is missing.

Searching this forum, I come to know that "" may help me. But my bad luck, site isn't working :(

Can anyone help me ? Where can I download the required plugins except ?


danns 07-25-2005 09:29 AM

The ubuntu wiki has all this information. Check out the Non-Free Multimedia Support pages. Basically you are going to add some more repositories to your apt sources.list. The gory details are explained on that page and it is very easy to do.

I believe lame is in the multiverse repository.

solarvoltage 07-25-2005 01:45 PM

After enabling the Universe repository, open a terminal window and type:

sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.8-mad

You should then have mp3 support for Rhythmbox.

craigevil 07-25-2005 02:57 PM

Get the unofficial add-on cd.
Ubuntu Linux 5.04 Newbie Install Addon CD

kirtimaan_bkn 07-27-2005 08:49 AM

Thanks to all

Thanks to all. I didn't checked this but I think this will work for me. I will give this a try after two days as currently I am busy with UBUNTU and my Modem , Apache etc..

After that I will install this.

Again, Thanks to all for your replies.


kirtimaan_bkn 07-28-2005 06:45 AM

Still Unable

Today morning I got my modem worked with UBUNTU and then tried the and found that I can install it by adding gstreamer0.8-mad package.. I also got some idea about configuring Package Manager ( adding more download locations). After that I installed lame package and all gone fine. Now It lists gstreamer* in my Package Manager list. But when ever I mark them for install it complains that Required Library not found. libarts1 and many more which name i can't remember now.

Also I searched for libarts1 in Packagemanger and it result 0. even I tried console command

sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.8-mad

Is there any option (even with apt-get) which select all required dependency and Install the package with required libraries ? Also can I install these package manually by downloading them ?


danns 07-28-2005 10:22 AM

Libarts1 is available in one of the repositories. I don't think it is in the hoary-extras so it must be in multivers, universe, or restricted:

Here is my apt sources.list file:

deb hoary main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src hoary main restricted universe multiverse
deb hoary-security main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src hoary-security main restricted universe multiverse

Now you can get these same repositories by editing your sources in synaptic. Just select the repository, choose edit and add

restricted multiverse universe

after main.

You'll probably want to do this for

Hoary Hedgehog (binary and source)
Updates (binary and source)
Security Updates (binary and source)

kirtimaan_bkn 07-28-2005 09:06 PM

Not Hoary, its warty
hello danns,

Thanks for your reply, It was my mistake that I didn't specified the Version.. I am using "warty" not the "horary" distro. So please suggest me for "warty" distribution.

Again I am sorry for my mistake.


danns 07-28-2005 09:32 PM

I would suspect they would be the same, only replace hoary with warty. The worst that can happen when you update the list (reload in synaptic) is that you will get warnings that the repositories cannot be found.

kirtimaan_bkn 07-29-2005 12:28 AM

Already Added with warty
Hello Danns,

Thanks for your quick reply. I already added the warty repositories (which was suggested in forum and google searching) and then I updated my apt-get. There after I worte that reply. Any way I am planning to change my OS from UBUNTU to some other.What I experienced that -

=> Unable to get MP3 support
=> Unable to get apache working (complains required library not found)
=> Every time I have to do apt-get and for this have to connect with Internet. I am using Dial up connection and Speed is nearly 2K , So its too costly as well as time consuming to download any package then Install and get error.

Hope that In next release of ubuntu, these problems will be solved. As I am not alone who like to listen MP3 while working...

I am thinking to get Fedora again. I tried that once earlier and that worked fine. Only reason to dislike that was speed with my configuration. Now I will try to optimize it by changing KDE with Gnome and, simple layout...

Again thanks to all of members who tried their best to help me. Still I would like to suggest UBUNTU to those users who want simple secure fast PC OS for office use.



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