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In the Rhythmbox Preferences, In the Music tab, under Library Structure, there is a Preferred Format setting. In previous versions of Ubuntu, you could edit the default profiles in the Preferred Format setting. In 11.10, this option is disabled. Why? Here is a page the highlights what you used to be able to do.

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Well it looks like rhythmbox hasn't adjusted,(been maintained), to be able to edit the formats as it is now done.

Additionally RB can not encode to flac nor is it very good at retrieving cd info, all in all pretty much worthless for audio cd ripping atm

Banshee is your better choice in terms of provided player/ripper, though I'd look at other choices such as abcde or rubyripper

(adjustments done thru banshee can be seen in gconf-editor > apps/banshee-1/audio_profiles/cd-importing/

Edit; -

I thought that maybe the previous place local gstreamer pipelines were stored wasn't being used, turns out they can be, just not by rhythmbox.

gconf/system/gstreamer/0.10/audio/profiles/

Installed sound-juicer to check, it can edit & uses those pipelines. Rhythmbox does not so the issue is rhythmbox's

Possibly if RB is made the new default in 12.04 maybe some of these accumulated bugs will be fixed

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How are the formats now edited? What changed? Just curious. –  jumpnett Nov 2 '11 at 18:04
    
I'll take a closer look at Banshee, or other apps. I just always preferred Rhythmbox to the competition. Maybe because it's interface is less cluttered. –  jumpnett Nov 2 '11 at 18:06
    
Either Rubyripper or Banshee will do. I like the options Rubyripper gives, so I'll most likely stick with that. –  jumpnett Nov 4 '11 at 5:27

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