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The version of rhythmbox in ubuntu 13.10 is – in my humble opinion – ugly.  I mean, just look at that toolbar using the Ambiance theme…

It contains some serious instability issues due to its continuing use of the out-of-date & defunct gstreamer libraries.  All in all – I certainly will not be using it.

Rhythmbox v3.0 was released at the end of september but due to the software freeze and probably the lack of manpower, this newer version did not make it into Saucy.

Look how gorgeous that is!

I’ve taken the debian sid version which was packaged by the great maintainers there and rebuilt this for Saucy.  It works great!

How to install

Add my PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/rhythmbox
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox

(Update 29/10/13) – remove the need to remove the old rhythmbox installation first since the updated package does this automatically.

(Update 25/03/14) – Install Rhythmbox 3.02 on Saucy and Trusty

Enjoy!

External Plugins

Just a quick word of warning.  None of the plugins available in my rhythmbox-plugins PPA will work :(

This is because of the change to using Python3. Assuming rhythmbox3 makes it into the 14.04 repository, I’ll repackage the available python3 plugins for 14.04 specifically.

Until then, you’ll need to install these plugins manually.  Here are a list of some of the plugins I’m aware of that have been converted to python3.  Look at the readme instructions on how to install.

Since it is early days – get your coding fingers stuck in and help-out converting all of the existing python2 plugins to python3.

UPDATE (26/10/13) – Packages are now available through my PPA to allow easy installation.  Please see my new post for further details.

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