Although Rhythmbox comes with a plug-in to scrobble your plays to the service itself it does lacks some of the features that the dedicated player (available for Linux) provides.

Although the official client doesn’t ‘detect’ playing tracks in Rhythmbox (or any major Linux media player) by default, it is easy to enable.

Rhythmbox and lastfm

Juergen Kreileder has written a new plug-in for Rhythmbox that, instead of scrobbling directly, submits tracks via the client application.

Because the plug-in makes use of the official desktop client you can love and tag the song playing, as well as view additional data and recommendations.

Download Last.FM Client

If you don’t already have the desktop client you can get it @


Ubuntu Lucid & Karmic users can add Juergen Kreileder’s PPA to install this feature and remain totally up-to-date with its changes.

Sadly this is a bit of a fuss as Juergen doesn’t use Launchpad. Add the following to lines to Software Sources (System > Administration > Software Sources > Third Party Sources > Add)

  • deb lucid main
  • deb-src lucid main

(Karmic users replace ‘lucid’ with ‘karmic’ in the two lines above)

  • sudo aptitude update
  • sudo aptitude install rhythmbox
  • wget -O – | \
  • sudo apt-key add –

And… you’re done. Well, almost. You now need to enable the new plug-in via Edit > Plugins > New Style scrobbler and disable the default one.


Like the plugin? Found a bug? Be sure to let the developer know what you think over @ this link.

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