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Any free codecs out there to get my WMA files playing on Rhythmbox? (11.04)

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A good thing is also to install the package ubuntu-restricted-extras Install ubuntu-restricted-extras

It will install a lot more, than just codecs for wma files. But you shouldn't have any problems with media files after the installation.

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Fairly sure it's in one of the 'restricted' packages. Try adding:

  • gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse
  • gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly

One of those should handle WMA, I believe.

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What do you mean by "free"? open-source? or simply usable without paying anything? I doubt there are open-source codecs for wma, but I think you can install them as part of ubuntu-restricted-extras. At least after installing vlc and all it's dependencies banshee can play wma files.

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Free as in monetarily. I think I've tried the restricted codecs before but I'll try again with this fresh install. –  dbrane Apr 29 '11 at 17:28

You can use VLC media player. It's an open source project, plus it has loads of features.

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Running 10.04.3, i386 version on AMD Phenom.

Installed the following packages: ubuntu-restricted-extras, gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly, gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse, vlc.

DRM-free wma lossless files still won't play in either Banshee or VLC :-/

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Note: lossy wma files play fine in Banshee. –  Daniel Brice Nov 9 '11 at 3:36
    
wmal (lossless), can be decoded with mplayer/mplayer frontends; some xine based players & to some extent with a self built vlc. Note that this is only with w32codecs installed & 32 bit players. FFmpeg has recently added wmal decoding support but it's currently broken –  doug Nov 9 '11 at 3:58

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