Playing mp3 on UBUNTU

It’s usual to find many distributions without MP3 support due to licensing issues. If you have MP3 files and don’t know how to play them do the following:

  • Open the terminal
  • Type sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
  • Remove comments to packages (This is erasing the # characters in lines starting with ##deb)
  • Save changes and close gedit
  • Update the packages sudo apt-get update

Install the mulitmedia codecs:

sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.8-plugins
sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.8-lame
sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.8-ffmpeg
sudo apt-get install w32codecs
sudo apt-get install libdivx4linux
sudo apt-get install lame
sudo apt-get install sox
sudo apt-get install ffmpeg
sudo apt-get install mjpegtools
sudo apt-get install vorbis-tools gst-register-0.8

Now you can open a player like Rythmbox or Kaffeine and start listening songs.

Published: May 15 2006

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