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5 Rhythmbox Plugins You Should Install

Rhythmbox ships with many popular plug-ins already installed – such as lastfm scrobble support, visualizations, DAAP music sharing and iPod support, but you can expand Rhythmbox’s features further with third party plug-ins that range from a 10 band graphic equalizer to simple ‘jump to now playing’ hacks.

Enable 3rd Party Plugins

To install Third-Party plug-ins you will need to create a ‘plugins’ folder for Rhythmbox.

Open a Terminal and type:

mkdir ~/.gnome2/rhythmbox/plugins/

That’s it! You’re all set to start installing 3rd party plugins!

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‘Desktop Cover’

Desktop-art shows the current song cover and track details on your desktop, as well as being a ‘control’ allowing you to pause and skip between tracks.

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(Normal mode and control display on mouse-over)

Installation

Open a terminal and copy & paste the following: -

* The site hosting the plugin seems to be down, but you can download the pluging from: -

You just need to -double click on it and install.

‘Jump to playing’

This will add a menu entry and button that will ‘jump’ to the currently playing track when used.

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Download http://www.stevenbrown.ca/blog/files/2008/10/jump-to-playing-0.3.1.tar.gz

  • Extract the downloaded folder to ~/.gnome2/rhythmbox/plugins
  • Restart Rhythmbox Enable plugin via edit>plug-ins
  • Enable the plugin via the plugins menu.

‘Open Folder’

In iTunes, right clicking any track track and selecting ‘Open File In Explorer/Finder’ quickly helps you locate or access that file or it’s folder. Handy if you have a stray track that you want to move elsewhere but you can’t find!

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‘Open Folder’ plugin brings this helpful hack to Rhythmbox.

Download rb-open-folder-0.4.tar.gz

  • Extract folder to ~/.gnome2/rhythmbox/plugins
  • Restart Rhythmbox
  • Enable plugin via edit>plugins

Now when you right click a track you will see an option to ‘open containing folder’.

Last.FM Queue

Queues the next song based on Last.FM recommendations relating to the currently playing track. It adds a button to your control bar allowing you to toggle it on and off.

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Download http://airmindprojects.googlecode.com/files/lastfm_queue_0.3.tar.bz2

  • Extract folder to ~/.gnome2/rhythmbox/plugins
  • Restart Rhythmbox
  • Enable plugin via edit>plugins

Alarm Clock

Give Alarm Clock functionality to Rhythmbox with this plugin! You can set the time to be woken, the volume, how long the music is on for, etc.

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Installation


Open a terminal and type:

Music Player Applet

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Okay so this isn’t actually a Rhythmbox plugin, but it’s very useful to use with Rhythmbox ” and any other music player supported by it. (I.E. pretty much every one).

Firefox users: apt:music-applet

Or use ‘sudo apt-get install music-applet‘ in a terminal.

Once you’ve installed it, add it to your panel by right clicking > add applet > music applet. Then right-click on it and select your player and which controls you’d like displayed. (For Example, In the image above, i have disabled the ‘ratings’.)

More

For a full list of third party plug-ins check out the list @ http://live.gnome.org/RhythmboxPlugins/ThirdParty

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