I don't know if this is a bug, but I cannot change the default music player in 16.04 LTS.

In System Settings / Details / Preferred Applications, Rhythmbox is set as default, but when I double click the mp3 it opens VLC.

If I wish to change the default application, it doesn't change the VLC to Rhythmbox.

Is there a way I could do this through the terminal?

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  • Did you use Set as default in the last image? – Anwar Sep 14 '16 at 9:18
  • Of course I did. – Mookey Sep 14 '16 at 9:20
  • Checked the solutions here? askubuntu.com/questions/91701/… – Anwar Sep 14 '16 at 9:22
  • It's not default, as I cannot set it to default, it just switches back to VLC. And system settings show Rhythmbox but Mp3s and WAVs still open with VLC: – Mookey Sep 14 '16 at 10:32
  • This occurs because there can be multiple mimetypes associated for what you may think is just one type. One ex. would be audio/mp3 & audio/x-mp3. RB only registers the later. In gerenal it's better to just manually set a default player per type thru r. click on file > Properties, ect.. To reset to orig. defaults one would delete ~.config/mimetypes.list – doug Oct 3 '17 at 17:33

You can manage file type in Ubuntu-Tweak

1). Install Ubuntu-Tweak for Ubuntu 16.04 (More info about GetDeb Apps)

wget -q -O - http://archive.getdeb.net/getdeb-archive.key | sudo apt-key add -
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu xenial-getdeb apps" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb.list'
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

2). Open Ubuntu-Tweak and go to Admins > File Type Manager:

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In the categories press Audio and select which File Type will be open with Rhythmbox

  • How is this different than the method OP tried? Why would this work and others wouldn't? – Anwar Sep 14 '16 at 10:02
  • Hello Anwar, thanks for your reply, ubuntu-tweak File Type Manager offers a wider range of file type. Give it a try! – Benny Sep 14 '16 at 10:07
  • This program is no longer maintained or supported, I highly suggest no one use it launchpad.net/ubuntu-tweak – Mark Kirby Sep 14 '16 at 10:11
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    Tried Ubuntu-Tweak, it won't switch to Rhythmbox when I try to change MP3 and WAV associations. Others do. – Mookey Sep 14 '16 at 10:31
grep Totem cat /usr/share/applications/defaults.list >> ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list

Replace org.gnome.Totem.desktop with mpv.desktop

http://libre-software.net/change-the-default-application-linux-mint-ubuntu/

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