Join Scott Simpson for an in-depth discussion in this video Listening to audio in Rhythmbox, part of Up and Running with Ubuntu Desktop Linux.
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Ubuntu comes with the Rhythmbox music player, which can play audio files, podcasts, CDs, and radio streams. I'll open up Rhythmbox by searching for it in the dash. Earlier, I copied some MP3 files to my Music folder. And they show up right here under Music. If they don't show up for you, you might need to click on Import. And then choose the folder where the files are. Then you'll click Import Listed Tracks. Up along the top here, I have Rewind, Play, which turns into a Pause button when the music's actually playing, Fast forward, Loop playback, Shuffle playback, and a tiny album cover Thumbnail.
Over on the right side, there's a slider that represents the progress through the track and a little speaker. This is the volume slider. And I'll set it to something a little bit low. If I double click on a song, it starts playing. That's pretty quiet. Let me raise the volume. All right, I'll pause for now. I can even drag songs to My Play queue, to set the order of songs I want to listen to. Here I can shuffle the order of the songs, or clear out what's here. If you're using a native installation of Ubuntu on a machine with a CD or DVD drive, you'll be able to play audio discs as well.
There's a Podcast section here and I can use that to look for a Podcast and subscribe to it. I'll click Add and search for wait, wait don't tell me. The NPR News Quiz. I'll click Search, and there it is. To add this to My Computer, I can click Subscribe and it'll download the most recent episode. I'll click Close to go back. If I want to download others, I can select them, right-click and choose Download Episode. There's a Radio section where you can listen to some online streaming radio stations.
There's a few different ones built in, and you can add your own pretty easily. Let's take a look at how to do that. I'll open up my web browser and I'll go to a public radio website. This is a radio station in southern California. They have a Listen Online button, so I'll click on that, and I know that this page gives me a URL I can pop into Rhythmbox. Here's a couple of options. I'll go with the first one. I'll paint it with my mouse, and hit Ctrl C to copy it to my clipboard. But these other formats will work just fine. Depending on your radio station of choice, you might have to search around a little bit for a stream link.
I'll go back to RhythmBox and I'll click on Add. Since I had the URL already in my clipboard, Rhythmbox was clever enough to figure out that I needed to paste it in here, so it did that for me. You might need to paste it in here yourself. And then I'll click Add. It shows up here in the list, and if I double-click it, it starts playing. That's pretty cool. If you have an account with Last.fm or Libra.fm, you can sign into those services to listen as well. And of course, there're many other Music and Podcast apps in the Ubuntu software center.
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