Install MP3 Players

17 January 2006 Fedora Core ships without any form of MP3 playback. In order to add MP3 playback you must install from a 3rd party. The following requires the use of the Livna repository and Fedora Extras.
XMMS: simple, older GUI, minimalistic features (but still popular)
  • Installation, yum users:
    [mirandam@charon ~]$ sudo yum install xmms xmms-mp3
  • Installation, manual (users without yum) (create a directory and download the following):
    Obtain xmms, xmms-libs, glib and gtk+ from Fedora Extras:
    Obtain xmms-mp3 package from Livna:
    Total required packages, about 3MB: xmms, xmms-libs, xmms-mp3, glib, gtk+. Go the download directory and install:
    [mirandam@charon downloads]$ sudo rpm -ivh xmms* glib* gtk+*
    (Note, you should have mikmod installed from the Individual Package Selection, also on your CD’s/DVD)
  • Plugin settings: Options > Preferences >
    Audio I/O Plugins > Input Plugins
    Disable: MPEG Layer 1/2/3 Placeholder Plugin []
    ==> UNCHECK [ ] Enable Plugin
  • More detailed instructions from Fedora Core 5 Guide
Audacious: (A fork of Beep Media Player – BMP). XMMS rebuilt to be a little bit more modern. Still basic but much better than XMMS.
  • Installation, yum users:
    [mirandam@charon ~]$ sudo yum install audacious audacious-plugins-nonfree*
    NOTE: There is a '*' at the end.
    NOTE: Installing Audacious will replace BMP (if you have it installed). Attempting to install BMP will actually install Audacious.
  • Installation, manual (users without yum:
    • Create a temporary directory (audacious) and download the following. Total required packages, about 2.7MB.
    • Download audacious, audacious-libs, audacious-plugins, libbinio, libmpcdec, libsidplay, lirc, and taglib from Fedora Extras
    • Download the latest versions of audacious-plugins-nonfree-aac, audacious-plugins-nonfree-alac, audacious-plugins-nonfree-mp3, audacious-plugins-nonfree-wma from Livna:
    • Go to the directory and install everything at the same time:
      [mirandam@charon downloads]$ cd audacious
      [mirandam@charon audacious]$ sudo rpm -ivh *
  • Note: You cannot run Audacious and XMMS at the same time.
Rythmbox/Gstreamer – A simple audio application similar to iTunes layout.
  • Most of Rythmbox and the Gstreamer system should be installed when installing Gnome (mentioned above). The missing components are just the MP3 (and other media) plugins.
  • For yum users:
    [mirandam@charon ~]$ sudo yum install gstreamer-plugins-ugly
  • Installation, manual (users without yum):
    • Create a temporary directory (gstreamer) and download the following. Total required packages, about 1MB (if you already have Gnome installed).
    • Download libdvdread, libid3tag, and libsidplay from Fedora Extras
    • Download the latest versions of gstreamer-plugins-ugly, a52dec, lame-libs, libmad and mpeg2dec from Livna:
    • Go to the directory and install everything at the same time:
      [mirandam@charon downloads]$ cd gstreamer
      [mirandam@charon gstreamer]$ sudo rpm -ivh *
Amarok – A modern feature rich media player application.
  • It is helpful to have KDE installed first (mentioned above).
  • Installation, yum:
    [mirandam@charon ~]$ sudo yum install amarok amarok-extras-nonfree
  • Users without yum: The dependancies for Amarok have changed since FC6 was released and with over 30MB in downloads, I do not recommend installing manually. (Please contact me if you require further assistance).
  • Amarok Engine: Amarok requires you to select an “engine” which can play different media. The current support engines are Xine/Gstreamer and RealPlayer/HelixPlayer. If you installed the gstreamer-plugins-ugly or amarok-extras-nonfree the Xine engine will be default. (Recommended)
  • If you require the RealPlayer engine (or the Xine engine will not work), first install Realplayer and make the following changes: Goto:
    Settings > Configure Amarok… > Engine
    Make the following changes: 
    Sound System: Helix Engine   (hit Apply, then the following edits:)
    Helix/Realplay core directory:     /usr/local/RealPlayer/common
    Helix/Realplay plugins directory:  /usr/local/RealPlayer/plugins
    Helix/Realplay codecs directory:   /usr/local/RealPlayer/codecs
    Output plugin:                     alsa
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[mirandam@charon ~]$ sudo rpm -ivh msttcorefonts-2.0-1.noarch.rpm
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