New Rhythmbox v3.1 release for 14.04 (trusty) and 14.10 (utopic) users

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 maintainer Jonathan Matthew we 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
    Bugs fixed:
    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 – 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.


5 thoughts on “New Rhythmbox v3.1 release for 14.04 (trusty) and 14.10 (utopic) users

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  2. hello
    thanks for the ppa of rhymthbox. i try to use it for internet-radio recording and download the radio-browser plugin. it works fine with “Somafm Lush” from your favourite-list. but when i chose a stream of deutschlandradio or deutschlandfunk (under country->germany) and press the record button no file will be created by streamripper. i dont get any error message. may you can help me solve this problem
    Thanks from germany

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