Playing MP3 in LINUX

Playing MP3 in Fedora 18
Linux by default does not ship with mp3 support for copyright issues. But there are many ways to play mp3 on Linux. I will try my best to describe some of the ways that you can use to play mp3 files on your Linux installation.

Required Step

This step is required if you want to follow on with this tutorial. Here we will add RPM FUSION repo to our Linux.
  • Run Terminal
  • And execute

yum localinstall --nogpgcheck

This will add both the free and the nonfree RPM FUSION repository. Just copy and paste this to the terminal window. Press “Shift+CTRL+V” to paste on the Terminal


Rythmbox is likely to be installed by default. If not installed then you can install it very easily.
yum install rhythmbox

The default installation of rhythmbox wont allow you to play mp3. To play mp3 you need to add the necessary codecs
yum install gstreamer-plugins-good gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-ugly

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Amarok is the default audio player for KDE. It can also be installed on Gnome.

yum install amarok phonon-backend-gstreamer
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Audacious is a winamp like audio player.
yum install audacious audacious-plugins
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XMMS is another winamp like audio player. And its one of my favourite. Its better than audacious in my view.
yum install xmms xmms-mp3
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VLC player

VLC player is the best video and audio player for linux. It is capable of playing almost every video and audio format.
yum install vlc


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