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[Solved]Why is rhythmbox saying I need a plugin to play an mp3 file?

asked 2011-12-28 10:34:49 -0500

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updated 2011-12-29 21:26:36 -0500

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I have just installed F16 on a notebook and all seems to be working fine until I copied some mp3 files over to play some music. When I attempt to import the files into Rhythmbox I get an error which says I need additional plugins. However it does not say what plugins.


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answered 2011-12-29 13:21:22 -0500

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You can download and use a Fluendo MP3 decoder free of charge from

The Fluendo MP3 decoder for GStreamer will add MP3 playback capability to all your GStreamer using applications. The Fluendo MP3 plug-in project is a combination of multiple things.

It is an MIT licensed source code package implementing the MP3 codec. It is a fully licensed binary GStreamer plug-in available for download. It is a redistribution contract allowing distributions to distribute the binary Fluendo GStreamer MP3 plug-in free of charge.

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answered 2012-02-02 00:55:22 -0500

Since you asked why you need it, not how to play MP3s, I'll direct you here:

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