Rhythmbox 3.0.2 is released – install this on 13.10 (Saucy) and 14.04 (Trusty)


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

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– 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.

Installation

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:

https://xpressubuntu.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/installing-rhythmbox-3-0-plugins-the-easy-way/

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Rhythmbox CoverArt Browser v1.1 has been released … and help needed


Today I’ve released v1.1 of the Rhythmbox CoverArt Browser plugin.

This is primarily a bug-fix release – so grab a copy to get the latest fixes if you have installed it manually from GitHub.

  • fix for right-click playlist support for Ubuntu 14.04
  • check if lastfm plugin is activated correctly implemented for artist-view
  • fix for “shudder” in artist-view for RB2.99
  • latest translations from Launchpad
  • corrected wrong column header for ArtistView
  • Correct instructions for installation on Fedora 20
  • Correct instructions for installation on Debian Jessie

V1.1 installation instructions can be found on my GitHub project page:

https://github.com/fossfreedom/coverart-browser

If you are using my Rhythmbox PPA, just use Update-Manager to get the latest version.

As always – I’m looking for python and/or HTML developers to help-out.  If you are interested, just drop me an issue on my GitHub page.  There are lots of wish-list items to tackle and I’m sure lots of other areas that a talented python/HTML developer could help-with 🙂

Don’t worry if you are not a coder – there are other ways to help, like translating the project to your native language

https://translations.launchpad.net/coverartbrowser

Rhythmbox CoverArt Browser v1.0 … released!


Its my pleasure to announce the version 1.0 release of my plugin for the music media player – Rhythmbox.

It is available in PPA form or via simple installation instructions.  Look at the README for the easy how-to (web-link above). Rhythmbox 3 users using v13.10 can also use my PPA – see this link for details.

First the obligatory pretty picture…

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Just before I say what is new …

This has been a most interesting adventure – it is my very first “v1.0” release of open-source software and I must say I met some great people and characters on the way.

Not in any order, but my first thanks goes to Agustín “asermax” Carrasco – without asermax’s fundamental foundations this v1.0 release would definitely not have happened.  My Argentinian friend has for some time moved on to bigger open-source software but a big shout-out anyway.

Next, Jean-Rene Bastien.  Jean-Rene’s contributions have been invaluable.  Fantastic graphics, meticulous attention to detail and thorough testing in all sorts of combinations. Cheers

I must also mention the brilliant Launchpad Translators.  Without the countless individuals help – this really multi-national and multi-lingual release would not have been so special.

The major addition for this release has been the oft-asked for Artist View.  Rhythmbox ability to view albums by their artists is – lets say rudimentary.

Now rhythmbox users have a very visual way to view & search for albums via their artist.

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This complements the many faces of the CoverArt Browser.  Hopefully this is the same simple and straightforward manner the plugin has always aimed for.

CoverArt Browser has been developed and tested on all Ubuntu versions from v12.04 through to the upcoming 14.04 release.

It should in theory work on all distros – if you are a Fedora/OpenSuse etc – let me know via the project page what the installation instructions are.  Thanks.

Finally – a list of what’s new for this release.

Enjoy!

  • single click play for O/S’s using GTK+3.6 or later for Tile-view
  • new artists view: displays album-artists in a tree-view
  • artists view: clicking on an album-artist displays the albums for that artist
  • artists view: Download all artist covers using the covers properties menu option – remember to enable the LastFM plugin and login first!
  • artists view: … or drag and drop covers from cover view or from nautilus/firefox
  • artists view: drag and drop of albums to playlists
  • artists view: Filter buttons or filter search/quick track filter correctly filters view to show only the artists that have those filtered albums
  • artists view: hovering the mouse pointer over the artist cover displays a tooltip of a larger version of the cover
  • artists view: supports sorting of album-artist via clicking on its column header – ascending/descending/unsorted.
  • artists view: right click of albums displays the same right click menu as in tile view or coverflow view
  • artists view: right click of artists to play or queue all albums for that artist
  • artists view: independent sort toolbar buttons – for example show albums for an artist by ascending year whilst in the tile view show albums by name
  • new look (optional) to display album information within (on top of) the cover rather than below (beneath) the cover
  • new lighter icon-theme from the brilliant designer – jrbastien
  • new Rhythmbox 3 coverart source icon – again from jrbastien
  • Look & Feel integration: Rhythmbox 3 style toolbar and button popup menus
  • Look & Feel integration: New toolbar menu-button to switch between views including RB’s own library view
  • Look & Feel integration: New toolbar menu-button in RB’s library view to switch to plugin views (RB v3 and later)
  • Optional export and embed coverart from most file-formats to MP3.
  • Remember quick artist filter between rhythmbox sessions
  • support drag-and-drop of albums onto playlists or external devices for RB2.99 and later
  • Rework Album & Playlist favourite supports – this declutters menus and now can be optionally enabled through properties button
  • Right click support for the external plugin Repeat One Song
  • Optionally use sort fields for album artists or album artists (right click – properties – sort tab)
  • Use new Rhythmbox 3 progress bars for loading
  • Tooltip support to display cover name and artist only if album information is not already displayed
  • Translated into 25 languages and locales
  • for developers – doxygen documentation: http://fossfreedom.github.io/coverart-browser/classes.html

If you are interested … here is the history log if you are upgrading from an earlier version.

Rhythmbox CoverArt Browser v1.0 nears – happy new year


Happy new year to all.

Rhythmbox CoverArt Browser plugin v1.0 beta 1 is now available – please give it a try and help out with testing.

    Lets make this release the best yet 🙂

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I’ll write up a full release note at release day – I’m hoping to release this at the end of January.

Pretty picture above.

What’s new follows.

Please help out and kick the proverbial boots on this.

  • single click play for O/S’s using GTK+3.6 or later for Tile-view
  • new artists view: displays album-artists in a tree-view
  • artists view: clicking on an album-artist displays the albums for that artist
  • artists view: Download all artist covers using the covers properties menu option
  • artists view: … or drag and drop covers from cover view or from nautilus/firefox
  • artists view: drag and drop of albums to playlists
  • artists view: Filter buttons or filter search/quick track filter correctly filters view to show only the artists that have those filtered albums
  • artists view: hovering the mouse pointer over the artist cover displays a tooltip of a larger version of the cover
  • artists view: supports sorting of album-artist via clicking on its column header – ascending/descending/unsorted.
  • artists view: right click of albums displays the same right click menu as in tile view or coverflow view
  • new look (optional) to display album information within (on top of) the cover rather than below (beneath) the cover
  • new lighter icon-theme from the brilliant designer – jrbastien
  • new Rhythmbox 3 coverart source icon – again from jrbastien
  • Look & Feel integration: Rhythmbox 3 style toolbar and button popup menus
  • Look & Feel integration: New toolbar menu-button to switch between views including RB’s own library view
  • Look & Feel integration: New toolbar menu-button in RB’s library view to switch to plugin views (RB v3 and later)
  • Optional export and embed coverart from most file-formats to MP3.
  • – Remember quick artist filter between rhythmbox sessions
  • support drag-and-drop of albums onto playlists or external devices for RB2.99 and later
  • Rework Album & Playlist favourite supports – this declutters menus and now can be optionally enabled through properties button
  • Right click support for the external plugin Repeat One Song
  • Use new Rhythmbox 3 progress bars for loading
  • Tooltip support to display cover name and artist only if album information is not already displayed
  • To install, follow the release note instructions here for CoverArt Browser:

    https://github.com/fossfreedom/coverart-browser/blob/master/README.md

    You also need to install CoverArt Search Plugin as well – again release notes here:

    https://github.com/fossfreedom/coverart-search-providers/blob/master/README.md

    For those using my 14.04 Trusty PPA – you’ll be also getting the beta release as well in the next few days – well you are testers 🙂

    Please throw any issues/bug reports/comments on the github project website:

    https://github.com/fossfreedom/coverart-browser/issues?milestone=9&page=1&state=open

    Installing rhythmbox 3.0 plugins … the easy way!


    Rhythmbox 3.0 is the version available in Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty)

    As you may know Rhythmbox 3.0 is a radical change in terms of external plugins.  Python3 support breaks many of the old RB2.99 and earlier plugins.

    As distro’s move towards using RB3, I’ve no doubt, enterprising python developers will take the opportunity to dust off their skills and update the plugins – well I’m hopeful 🙂

    Keep checking out this page on a regular basis – I’ll update it as and when new RB3 packages become available

    As always – and especially true for this Trusty release – development and testing of these debian packages does take ALOT of time.  If you do use these, please show your appreciation by:

    1. Sharing & blogging – share the joy of open-source (please provide a link back to this page please 🙂 )
    2. upvoting & favouriting on Ask Ubuntu – heck I love Gold badges
    3. Throw a few cents my way via the wonderful Flattr
    4. Buy me a beer via paypal
    • First add my PPA

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/rhythmbox-plugins

    • Then run the following to refresh your sources

    sudo apt-get update

    If you want to install all plugins list below you can do this using the following, otherwise, just install the individual plugin packages you need.  The links to the project page are presented.  If you have any issues/suggestions/bugs, please raise an issue on the projects issues page.

    sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-complete

    Rhythmbox with a slim-compact toolbar with more functionality…

    or with client-side decorations especially for Gnome-Shell users…

    More information here

    bansheeremotemore information here

    rhythmbox plugin for Ubuntu to really close the application when the close button (x) is clicked

    Standard Ubuntu functionality is to hide rhythmbox when something is playing.  This plugin gives back the true Gnome experience allowing rhythmbox to close like any other application.


    CoverArt Search Providersrhythmbox-plugin-coverart-search


    Desktop Artrhythmbox-plugin-desktopart


    Equalizerrhythmbox-plugin-equalizer


    Fileorganizerrhythmbox-plugin-fileorganizer

    When the plugin is enabled, you will notice an option in the right-click menu of music items (like songs) that will read ‘Organize selection’. Clicking this will organize the selected files following a defined structure for both folders and filenames. Thats all there is to it.

    Allows rhythmbox to either hide or minimize on launch.  This is very useful to allow rhythmbox to start from Startup Applications without the main rhythmbox window from appearing

    This applet allows you to play, search, enqueue using the keyboard. You never need to have rhythmbox in focus anymore!

    It’s very similar to the ‘Jump to File’ feature in Winamp, including
    the ability to enqueue a song.

    It doesnt matter if Rhythmbox has focus or not – the global hotkey you define launches a window allowing you to add songs to the play queue.

    Just play any song – hit your hotkey and the JumpToWindow will display allowing you to enqueue similar songs.

    Set-up your hotkey using the instructions in the JumpToWindow preferences window

    • Looperrhythmbox-plugin-looper

    Loop parts of your favourite song over and over again!

    • Lyricsrhythmbox-plugin-llyrics

    Winamp style Now Playing sidebar plugin for Rhythmbox.

    Workspace 1_087

    A parametric equalizer plug-in for rhythmbox with up to 64 freely configurable bands.

    use this parametric EQ to improve your room response (especially for small rooms) and frequencies below 100 Hz.

    This is described in detail here

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    A Rhythmbox plugin to export all of your playlists with one click or to import them back again in one click. This allows for synchronizing across computers (with any sync program), and backing up.

    Define your backup folder through the plugin preferences. Then use the Tools – Export option to save your playlists. Copy the playlists to your new computer and then use the Tools – Import option to reimport the playlists.

    Do not use the import option without having exported first otherwise your playlists will be removed!

    • Podcast-Posrhythmbox-plugin-playlist-podcast-pos

    Save and restore podcast playing position

    Saves the playing position of all downloaded podcasts.  Rhythmbox will resume from where you last played.  A must for all podcasters!

    For the uninitiated, this is a lovely plugin allowing you to explore thousands of radio-stations available on the internet. It even allows you to record those stations (check your countries copyright laws please!).

    Do you prefer listening to whole albums but aren’t sure which one
    you’re in the mood for? This plugin for Rhythmbox queues a random
    album and plays it immediately.

    Press Alt+Z or select from the Tools Menu RandomAlbum

    Remember to use the plugin preferences to change the number of random albums to queue as well as filtering the albums to be selected.

    A plugin for rhythbox to remember last playing song and playback time.

    Pause Rhythmbox when the GNOME screensaver is activated

    • Spectrumrhythmbox-plugin-spectrum

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    • Suspendrhythmbox-plugin-suspend

    Enable Rhythmbox to suspend/shutdown your computer at the end of playing from the queue or playlist

    Control rhythmbox by a very useful system tray icon – note: This plugin is only for non-Unity based desktops such as xubuntu

    EDIT – last update 19/10/2015 – added rhythmbox-plugin-now-playing

    Rhythmbox coverart-browser … just a teaser


    For those that use the rhythmbox coverart-browser plugin … here is a quick teaser for some work this week I’ve done on the plugin.

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    This is one of the many faces of coverart –

    https://github.com/fossfreedom/coverart-browser/wiki/Screenshots

    version 1.0 of the plugin is hopefully released in the new-year.

    For those following – all the work is on GitHub.  Always looking for talented testers & coders to help improve stuff 🙂

    How to install Rhythmbox 3.0 in Saucy (Ubuntu 13.10)


    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.