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How can set Rhythmbox to save automatically the current song when exiting?

The scenario:

  1. I have the following playlist

    • Song 1
    • Song 2 [playing]
    • Song 3
    • Song 4
  2. Song 2 is playing. I exit Rhythmbox (I close it or I power off the computer).

  3. When I start the application again (e.g. after powering on the computer) it plays Song 1.

How can I set it to play Song 2?

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You need a plugin like Remember The Rhythm which will remember the last playing song and playback time, source (radio station, playlist), browser values (genre, album, artist).

To install Remember The Rhythm you can use the following commands in terminal if you use Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:loneowais/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install remember-the-rhythm

If you use a newest Ubuntu version than 12.04, then you must to install it manually:

  • Download the zip package.
  • Unzip the file:

    unzip /path/to/ -d /path/to/extract
  • Install Remember The Rhythm:

    cd /path/to/extract/remember-the-rhythm-master
    sudo make install

After you install it with success, open Rhythmbox player, go to RhythmboxPlugins and enable Remember the Rhythm plugin:

Remember the Rhythm plugin

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It works as expected. Thanks! Note that I needed to change Loader=python in Loader=python3 via sudo vim /usr/lib/rhythmbox/plugins/remember-the-rhythm/remember-the-rhythm.plugin. – Ionică Bizău Mar 23 '14 at 10:01

Remember the Rhythm

This is a nice little plugin created a few years back but will solve this.

It is available in either PPA form for all versions from RB2.96 through to RB3.0.

Alternatively you can install from Git if you dont like PPA's for your system.

Lets start with the PPA version. I'll be upfront - this is my PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/rhythmbox-plugins 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-remembertherhythm

Finally enable the plugin in your plugins menu.

If you want to install from Git try the following for rhythmbox versions RB2.96 to 2.99:

sudo apt-get install git
git clone
cd remember-the-rhythm
sudo make install

To uninstall:

sudo make uninstall

If you are using RB3.0 then the following instructions apply:

sudo apt-get install git
git clone
cd remember-the-rhythm/src

using your favourite text editor edit the file remember-the-rhythm.plugin

Change the line from Loader=python to Loader=python3 and save

cd ..
sudo make install

Rhythmbox 3.0 on Saucy

If you are a saucy user and have Rhythmbox 3.0 installed via either my PPA or Jacobs PPA then you'll need to edit your sources from saucy to trusty



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Linked Question:

How do I install third-party rhythmbox plugins?

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Good catch - edited ! :) – fossfreedom Mar 23 '14 at 10:20

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