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I just installed Xubuntu 20.04, and am currently working to get mp3/flac-support going. First, I did install various players to try the look & feel (Clementine, Rhythmbox, QuodLibet ...) & settled for guayadeque in the end (would have prefered gmusicbrowser, but, alas...)

Anyway: Guayadeque does play ogg, ape, most other formats, some (but not all?!) flac, but no mp3. I did install, purge and reinstall restricted extras & addons, but to no avail...

vlc and parole do play all, but those suck as music browsers! (I got a large collection of 70.000 songs, so I need extended DB-type search & other capabilities).

So: What to do, where to look?

Thank you very much for your suggestions!

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About gmusicbrowser - it was removed from the repositories after Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, but you can still install it by manual package download:

cd ~/Downloads
wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/g/gmusicbrowser/gmusicbrowser_1.1.15~ds0-1_all.deb
sudo apt-get install ./gmusicbrowser_1.1.15~ds0-1_all.deb

I have just tested it with 3000+ tracks library on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.


As far I know Guayadeque is not available in the official repositories, but exists in the author's PPA.
So you can ask author about formats support in the latest builds.
On my system MP3s are played normally from Guayadeque 0.4.6.r2140.b08bddd~focal-1.
Also make sure that you really have installed xubuntu-restricted-addons / ubuntu-restricted-addons packages with all codecs.

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