Today, Rhythmbox 3.0.2 has been released – bang on 6 months after the last v3 update and as usual coincides with the next version of Gnome to be released – Gnome 3.12.
So what’s new?
Well visually, not much – in reality this is much more of a bug-fix and behind the scenes revamp.
Below is the best bits of the release
– Search by genres – you can now look for specific genres in the library music view
– Dragging the window
Click and drag within an empty space of the toolbar is now available – this is more in-line with the Gnome way of doing stuff now that Window decorations are being phased out in Gnome-Shell
– Support for iTunes based itmss podcast streams
Whilst Rhythmbox has always had a wide range support for various podcast protocols – this newer iTunes format was not supported – well it is now!
– Support for mp4 file type
Traditionally mp3 is the audio format of choice. mp4 was the preserve of video. Well rhythmbox can now play the audio for any mp4 encoded files.
The complete list of bug fixes and changes are here on GitHub.
Well I’ve decided to repackage this release and make it available for both Saucy (13.10) and Trusty (14.04) users. However – I’m hoping that 3.0.2 will make into the repositories officially – so please go and support this through my bug-report here.
EDIT: 3/04/14 – the bug-report has prompted Sebastien Bacher to package 3.0.2 for Trusty \o/
At the same time I’ve retained the Trusty support for local-integrated menus as well as the more controversial “hide on quit” functionality first introduced in Ubuntu Natty – yes I know this annoys the hell out of the Gnome-developers – but this now seen as the default functionality in Ubuntu.
The side benefit for Saucy users is that the Global menu is now the full menu enjoyed by the Trusty users rather than just the single long-list menu in Rhythmbox 2.99 🙂
In addition, I’ve added the visualization plugin available rather than a manual install.
Add my PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/rhythmbox
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox
For Saucy users, it will upgrade both the stock Rhythmbox 2.99.1 version as well as Rhythmbox 3.0.1 that you may have installed via PPA.
For Trusty users, it will upgrade from stock Rhythmbox 3.0.1.
Rhythmbox does greatly benefit from the hard-work of the external plugin developers – there is huge variety of plugins and they are definitely worth checking out: