How to Install Rhythmbox on Ubuntu 22.04

How to Install Rhythmbox on Ubuntu 22.04

Are you among those who want to figure out how to install Rhythmbox on Ubuntu 20.04? Here’s everything you need to know about this open-source music player and how to get it up and running on this particular system.

Rhythmbox is a user-friendly music player in Linux available for the GNOME desktop. However, it can be used for other environments as well. It is a free and open-source player supported by various plugins written in C and Python. The installation of Rhythmbox is effortless and straightforward. 

In this article, we will discuss Rhythmbox’s installation process, its features, and more. The installation of Rhythmbox can be performed by adding the ppa repository first and then using a software updater or apt. 

We will then tackle the steps to uninstall it and conclude this article with a summary of the entire process.

Introduction to Rhythmbox

Rhythmbox is Linux’s default music player. The interface of Rhythmbox is highly customizable. There are several options to specify the preferences for the interface to provide a good user experience. The following are the significant features of Rhythmbox:

  • It is a free and open-source software based on GTK+ and GStreamer
  • It provides a comprehensive music management application designed for the GNOME desktop
  • It also features a tag editor
  • It is very scalable and can handle tens of thousands of songs
  • It also provides support for Unicode
  • It includes support for radio streams 
  • Internet music services are available
  • There are options for podcasts and network shares
  • It can be extended via a range of plugins written in python or C
  • It can play sound from SoundCloud via a built-in SoundCloud plugin

Plugins for Rhythmbox

Rhythmbox has support for a large number of plugins written in C or python. Following are some of these plugins:

  • Art search plugin
  • DAAP music sharing
  • Internet radio streaming
  • Song lyrics
  • Media player keys
  • Portable players
  • Notification
  • CD/DVD burning
  • FM radio
  • Grilo media browser
  • IM status
  • Magnatune store
  • 10-band audio equalizer

How to Install Rhythmbox on Ubuntu 22.04

We will now discuss the installation instructions for Rhythmbox. The installation can be performed in two ways (i.e., via software updater or apt). These two approaches will be discussed in detail below.

Confirm the current installation

We will start by first confirming the current installation. Open your Terminal by selecting the System Menu and then the Terminal. After that, type in the following command on the Terminal:

$ rhythmbox –version

Add the repository

The default Ubuntu repository doesn’t support the latest version of Rhythmbox. Therefore, you need to add the default repository by using the following command:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/rhythmbox

Additionally, you may want to update/upgrade your system by running the following command:

$sudo apt-get update

Then, run this command:

$sudo apt-get upgrade

Installation via software updater

After the repository is added, you can install the Rhythmbox from the software updater. Follow the instructions below to install:

  • Open the software updater 
  • Go to the details tab and make sure that Rhythmbox is selected
  • Click on the install button

This will install the Rhythmbox using the ppa repository.

install rhythmbox

Installation via apt

Instead of using the software updater, you can use the apt command to install Rhythmbox. Type the following command on the Terminal to install:

$ sudo apt Install rhythmbox

This will take a while to install Rhythmbox. 

Open Rhythmbox

After the installation of Rhythmbox, you can open it from your list of installed applications. The interface of Rhythmbox will appear, as shown in the snapshot below.

using rhythmbox

Revert to the previous version of Rhythmbox

There are situations where you may encounter errors in the currently installed ppa version of Rhythm. Therefore, you should revert to the previous release with the default Ubuntu. To revert to the previous version, type the following command on the Terminal:

$ sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/rhythmbox

The above command will install ppa-purge and then use it to revert to the previous release. After that, you can remove the ppa repository that was added earlier using this command:

$ sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/rhythmbox

Uninstall Rhythmbox

There are situations where you may want to uninstall the software. It is possible that the software is not working properly and malfunctioning, and you want to try some alternate software. You can remove Rhythmbox by running the following command:

$sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/rhythmbox

In this article, we have discussed Rhythmbox, the default music player in Ubuntu in detail. We talked about the main features of Rhythmbox and then two approaches to the installation of Rhythmbox. It can be installed via software updater or apt. 

After all that, we also tackled how one could revert to the old version of Rhythmbox, along with the steps to uninstall it on Linux.

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