How to install Amarok in Ubuntu (and get it to play MP3s)

Amarok is (in my opinion) the best music player for Unix systems (eg. Linux). This brief tutorial will guide you through installing it in Ubuntu. It will also explain how to get Amarok to play MP3 files.

  1. Start by selecting Applications and then Add/Remove.
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  3. Click the Sound & Video column in the left navigation, and then place a check next to Amarok. Click Apply.
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  5. You’ll be asked if you wish to apply the changes. Click Apply.
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  7. If prompted, enter your password to continue.
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  9. At this point all of the required packages will be downloaded and installed.
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  11. Once everything has installed, close any windows that are still open. Use the Synaptic Package Manager (tutorial) to install libxine-extracodecs. This will allow Amarok to play MP3 files.
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  13. Now launch Amarok by selecting Applications -> Sound & Video -> Amarok.
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  15. Review the info on the First-Run Wizard and then click Next.
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  17. Navigate to the folder you store your music files in, and place a check in the box next to it. Click Next.
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  19. Once again, click Next.
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  21. And finally – click Finish.
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  23. Ta-da! The Amarok music player. Play around for a while and discover its many, many, many features.
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{ 15 comments… add one }
  • David July 8, 2007, 8:05 pm

    Thank you so much! I really appreciate the effort you put in to help newbs like me!

  • Irvan March 23, 2008, 2:09 am

    thanks for this tutorial. very usefull.

    -IT-

  • Flamarion Jorge June 13, 2008, 5:26 pm

    Pena que ainda não tem um language-pack-pt-br … mas vamo usando em inglês mesmo!

  • glen July 10, 2008, 1:44 am

    how to install ubuntu ? but not connect to internet

  • Nitin August 29, 2009, 9:14 pm

    Thanks a mil, really clean and simple and helpful.

  • sizedin August 30, 2009, 2:20 am

    Thanks, I got it right. enjoying stuf.
    Keep it up.

  • Cliff Miller September 6, 2009, 11:42 am

    Update 9 6 2009: installing libxine1-ffmpeg permitted mp3 play by Anarok.

  • zac October 4, 2009, 12:32 pm

    Do you have to have an internet connection? Why can’t I just download some files and install it? I don’t have an internet connection setup on my Linux machine.

  • clovepower May 24, 2010, 4:55 am

    Il tutorial è obsoleto.

    Per avere Amarok funzionante con Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx), bisogna installare il pacchetto libxine1-all-plugins.

    libxine-extracodecs non esiste più.

  • evanyu September 10, 2010, 11:52 pm

    merci your resources

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