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How to Play MP3 files in Amarok : Ubuntu Linux 9.04


Amarok is the most popular audio player for Linux based operating systems. Amarok is able to play media files in various formats including but not limited to (depending on the setup) FLAC, Ogg, MP3, AAC, WAV, Windows Media Audio, Apple Lossless, WavPack, TTA and Musepack. Amarok does not play digital music files embedded with DRM. Amarok 2 in Ubuntu 9.04 doesn’t come with mp3 support. In order to play mp3 files with Amarok in Ubuntu 9.04 we need to install the libxine1-ffmpeg package. This package contains plugins for the xine video/media player engine, which are necessary to decode MPEG-based codecs. Among them, this package includes the ffmpeg input plugin for xine, which enables xine-based players a large variety of modern audio and video codecs.


How to install libxine1-ffmpeg package for MP3 support in Amarok :

  1. Open Synaptic package manager (System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager)
  2. Insert libxine1-ffmpeg in the Quick Search box and press Search.
  3. Press the check box near the libxine1-ffmpeg package and select “Mark for Installation”. If you get a message about required additional packages press the mark button.
  4. Press the applay button and follow the rest of the installation steps


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  1. greg August 22, 2009 Reply

    Of course it works also for Karmic Koala alphax, thanks!

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