The official GTK 3.14 release of the Gnome stack of software was last week but what was missing was a new release of Rhythmbox.
Well its here – and unlike the last point releases, the maintainer has bumped the version – so we now have Rhythmbox v3.1.
Thanks to the key Rhythmbox maintainerwe have a good release that fixes a whole bunch of crashers and other issues..
This version doesnt have the usual code-name (the last one was called Devilfish) but this release contains the following
Overview of changes in Rhythmbox 3.1
- Assorted bug fixes
- GTK+ 3.14 compatible
- Now includes an AppData file
637747 – “Edit > Preferences > General > Visibile Columns > BPM” missing mnemonic
686082 – UPNP servers do not get removed after they become unavailable
702885 – SendTo plugin does not work with music files containing apostrophe
723020 – Rhythmbox incorrectly reads the year tag of m4a files
725884 – support libsecret 0.18 (SecretUnstable to Secret API change)
729373 – rhythmbox crashes upon “Jump to Playing Song”
731025 – Song properties dialog “Basic” tab, “Comment” keyboard mnemonic is same as “Composer”
731202 – Notification disappears when I pause my music
731236 – New Radio Paradise URLs
732764 – The latest rhythmbox needs atleast libglib 2.34
732880 – Wording used for importing music in import screen is not clear
733499 – rhythmbox crashes with SIGSEGV due to double free in rb_podcast_parse_channel_free
733526 – rhythmbox / audioscrobbler fails if built from separate build dir
733586 – Inequal sizing and alignment in rhythmbox UI.
733636 – grilo: Do not free GrlRegistry
734057 – rhythmbox-client –stop
734123 – Rhythmbox 3.0.2 crashes if attempting to load pls stream before any other type
734235 – AAC tags are improperly parsed for the “year” field
735021 – daap source compilation failure with ubuntu 14.04
735056 – Rating stars are not vertically aligned in GtkTreeView listing
735083 – Rhythmbox crash when adding songs to a playlist
735954 – Right-clicking on song causes Segmentation fault
737053 – song-info ui files need update
737368 – rhythmbox.appdata.xml.in is in wrong location
Notable in this release are various Podcast fixes. Also, for iTunes users that have imported their .m4a media files, the Year is correctly displayed. There are a smattering of visual tweaks here and there. Overall, nothing really outstanding, but welcome none-the-less to continue and enhance the overall stability of the software.
If you take this release together with the 3.0.3 release in March, stock Ubuntu 14.04 users should definitely benefit for a year’s worth of bug-fixes and refinements. Utopic users have the last April release v3.0.3. We are well past feature freeze so I’m doubtful that v3.1 will hit the repositories until 15.04.
If you are looking to have the latest, I’ve packaged this together and is now available in my Rhythmbox PPA. This PPA contains the existing Ubuntu patchwork – hide on close, support for local and global menu etc. N.B. – I tend to update my PPA as and when I’m investigating what is new in upstream Rhythmbox.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/rhythmbox
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
I’ve also included the visualisation plugin as a dependency together with the Context plugin which is not available in stock Ubuntu.
Grilo is supported just enable the new plugin found in the Plugins menu.
sudo apt-get install grilo-plugins-0.2 grilo-plugins-0.2-mediascanner
The above will give you the new media sources in Rhythmbox – the key being Jamendo – Royalty free music is just a click away. You also get UPnP & DLNA support as well.