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PaulFXH
1st August 2007, 03:28 PM
This is my third day as a Fedora 7 user and most things are going well.
However, I'm experiencing much more difficulty than in other distros to persuade either Rhythmbox or Banshee to play .wma files (no problems with mp3 files).
Indeed, Rhthmbox doesn't even load the .wma files into its collection because of the absence of suitable codecs.
I have, of course, installed the win32 codecs (from Mplayer) as well as Gstreamer Bad and Ugly but still nothing doing.
Is there a solution to this?

Thanks
Paul

Hlingler
1st August 2007, 03:54 PM
Hello:

Install all codecs: http://www.gagme.com/greg/linux/f7-tips.php#mplayer

Regards,
V

EDIT: Sorry, ALL codecs: http://stanton-finley.net/fedora_core_5_installation_notes.html#Codecs

stevea
1st August 2007, 04:07 PM
Don't know how, but Xine seems happy to play wma's ??
mplayer too !

FriedChips
1st August 2007, 04:16 PM
hmmm. I don't know about rythmbox or banshee but I really like amarok, you should give it a try if you have a good collection of music. It will play wma mp3 m4u ogg flac and many others. It also has a built in lyric finder and a manager for syncronizing to mp3 players.

su -
yum install amarok amarok-extras-nonfree amarok-visualisations libvisual libvisual-plugins

stevea
1st August 2007, 04:28 PM
I don't think Hlinger understood the question.

Xine and mplayer can use the mplayer codecs (and both gagme and the out-of-date stanton-finley sites suggest the same codecs). They both play wma's after the codecs are installed.

Rythmbox uses the Gstreamer method whic does NOT use these codecs AFAIK. Maybe some other is available - I don't know.

stevea
1st August 2007, 04:30 PM
Amarok plays wma's successfully.

Seve
1st August 2007, 05:17 PM
Hello:
wma seems to play fine here with rythmbox ?

I'm not 100% positive, but I believe you need to install or have installed both :
gstreamer-ffmpeg
and
ffmpeg-libs

Seve

PaulFXH
1st August 2007, 05:41 PM
Hello:

EDIT: Sorry, ALL codecs: http://stanton-finley.net/fedora_core_5_installation_notes.html#Codecs
Thanks, did this but still can't play .wma files in Rhyhmbox.

I really like amarok, you should give it a try if you have a good collection of music
I have 48 GB of music and I have used Amarok in Ubuntu. However, can't get it to do anything here. Keep getting an error about Xine not being able to load audio drivers.

I'm not 100% positive, but I believe you need to install or have installed both :
gstreamer-ffmpeg
and
ffmpeg-libs
The second one already installed but no improvement on installing the first.
This is very puzzling.

sej7278
6th August 2007, 10:50 PM
same here, everything but banshee plays wma's using the win32codecs.

amarok crashes when i try to load more than about 30gb of music, and i'd prefer a gnome app to kde.

rhythmbox is a bit basic - might as well use xmms!

Hlingler
6th August 2007, 11:25 PM
Hello:

I think that the package you need for Rhythmbox to play .wma files is gstreamer-pitfdll (http://ronald.bitfreak.net/pitfdll). It is available from freshrpms (the usual warnings about mixing 3rd-party repos apply). IIRC, I installed a number of gstreamer-* plugin packages in a "shot-gun" approach to get the various audio/video formats to play on my box, but I believe that this is the one that Rhythmbox needs to play .wma format.

Good Luck,
Vince

sej7278
7th August 2007, 09:17 AM
i just tried to compile pitfdll, but it said it couldn't find gstreamer, which is weird as i assume that it is installed as the gstreamer-plugins* are (as are win32codecs).

Hlingler
7th August 2007, 09:50 AM
i just tried to compile pitfdll, but it said it couldn't find gstreamer, which is weird as i assume that it is installed as the gstreamer-plugins* are (as are win32codecs).Hello:

Why would you want to compile it? Just install the package from freshrpms - that one package is not likely to cause "repo hell", and if you do have audio/video problems after installing it, then remove it. If you do insist on compiling it (which can be fun), then you need the gstreamer-development package (I'm guessing at that name - you will certainly need one or more development packages).

Regards,
V

EDIT: A quick check of that website for pitfdll shows that the prerequisites are gstreamer and gstreamer-plugins, so you would need the -devel packages for both of those to compile pitfdll from source code.

sej7278
7th August 2007, 09:52 AM
yeah, just downloaded the one rpm (not the repo, to avoid hell!) from:

http://ftp.freshrpms.net/pub/freshrpms/fedora/linux/7/gstreamer-pitfdll/

and it seems to make banshee segfault a bit (rhythmbox still doesn't seem to even see the wma's!) but at least banshee plays the wma's!