Ubuntu 12.04 contains Rhythmbox and a video player. These tend to give me an error when I try to play, say, an .mp3 file.

Required plugin not found: Python (v2.7) requires to install plugins to play media files of the following type: MPEG-1 Layer 3 (MP3) decoder

Apparently, this is one way of solving the problem, but it seems a little long winded. Is it better to just install a new (and "complete") copy of Rhythmbox? I know that other OSs like Zorin has no issues with playing media files.

(Alternatively, VLC player might be better but I don't have a good internet connection on my Linux computer at the moment.)

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    use the answer in the link you gave - askubuntu.com/a/189813/14356 i.e. install ubuntu-restricted-extras - this will install all the codecs you need for mp3 as well as many other music types. – fossfreedom Apr 28 '14 at 20:51

Installing restricted extras should fix it:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

But if not (I also have been having troubles with Rthythmbox recently), you could switch to Banshee.

  • I've installed both ubuntu-restricted-extras and ubuntu-restricted-addons, but I still get the same error. – Medulla Oblongata Apr 30 '14 at 19:14

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