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I'm still fairly new at this and 12.04 LTS is my first hands on experience with Ubuntu all together. After spending a few weeks and trying to learn the in's and out's of the OS, I'm actually finding it easier to use in my off-time than Windows. However, my question today deals with the following:

I need help in trying to pull information from Rhythm Box in order to display it using Conky.

What I want is the following:

» Album Title

» Song Name

» Artist

» Album Picture

Is there a way to pull these and display them so that they will change as the songs change? I tried my hardest but I'm still a noob when it comes to using terminal and coding.

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Open a terminal and run man rhythmbox-client. You can get all that information, except for the album art, which is a bit more difficult to deal with, being binary data rather than simple text.

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Thanks,I see now, how much more difficult is the album art to deal with? Does it require a different method of coding? –  Ryuzaki Oct 2 '12 at 20:14
    
You could possibly write a plug-in for rhythmbox, if one doesn't already exist, to integrate with conky. Album art can come from any number of sources, and isn't always a file on disk. You could of course, in your plug-in, always write a file to disk with the album art, though, and simply point conky at that file. –  dobey Oct 2 '12 at 21:37
    
Awesome, thanks for the guiding advice! I appreciate you taking time out and helping me. –  Ryuzaki Oct 3 '12 at 3:35
    
This causes my conky to freeze as soon as I start Rhythmbox. Any ideas? –  duxk.gh Oct 7 '13 at 20:31
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