Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Background: I have never used Rhythmbox on this computer.

I just accidentally opened Rhythmbox while my MP3 player was plugged in. Without asking me or explaining what it was doing it started "Importing..." with high disk IO activity in my home folder. I exited the program to stop it, but not before it reached about 30% completion.

What did it just do?

I cannot find any documentation of this behavior on the Rhythmbox website or the Ubuntu Community Documentation.

Update: It occurred to me that the IO activity I saw on my home folder might just be coincidental, if Rhythmbox defaults to scanning my home folder when it is first run. I found this in its Preferences screen:

alt text

Does this help explain what Rhythmbox was doing? If it's relevant, I do not have Music folder in my home folder.

share|improve this question
up vote 7 down vote accepted

I don't think that Rhythmbox copies music files from MP3-players if the user hasn't told it to do so.

What you saw was Rhythmbox scanning your Music folder. It is default behaviour of Rhythmbox to watch that directory and make sure all music files in that directory are in its music library. It doesn't move or remove or import any music files, it just adds files in your Music folder to the library, so you can play the songs through Rhythmbox.

share|improve this answer

It copies the music off of your MP3 player into your music directory in your Home folder.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.