I have about 20 files of music in the format .aa3. Which Linux-compatible program reads that format?

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First enable restricted, multiverse and partner repository. Click here to see a bunch of helpful questions about how to do this. By default restricted repository is enabled.

Open a terminal and execute this command to install necessary codecs to play .aa3 format files.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-fluendo-mp3 

Then you can open and play files with standard player. Such as Rhythmbox or totem.

OP says the method doesn't work.

If this method doesn't work, I guess the files are DRM protected. In simple words, DRM protection is used to prevent piracy of Digital contents (there are other usages also) such as Music, Videos etc. You need a key to decrypt or read the digital content which is only supplied to you by the Vendor.

Check these Links to know more about DRM protection:

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    Please take note that, If your files are DRM protected, you may have some problem playing them
    – Anwar
    Sep 9, 2012 at 2:42
  • it gives an error saying: Unable to locate package gstreame10-plugins-ugly Sep 9, 2012 at 3:04
  • @NickyBailuc see my updated answer. You have to first enable repositories and unfortunately there was an typo in code. Now fixed. thanks
    – Anwar
    Sep 9, 2012 at 5:30
  • "nul - Couldn't start playback" gives an error Sep 9, 2012 at 15:09
  • How did you try to paly. Try with Totem player
    – Anwar
    Sep 9, 2012 at 15:13

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