Rhythmbox 3.4.5 Arrives with Meson Switch and Podcast Improvements

Rhythmbox 3.4.5

Looking back in time, I remember that my move from Windows to Linux was not easy. For example, MSN was much uglier, but it worked. The worst thing I experienced was using other music players/libraries: I was a happy user of MediaMonkey, very good and with which I began to enjoy organizing my music. When I moved to Linux, my mentor recommended AmaroK, but for me it was a bit more confusing. Another player that is heavily used on Linux is the one that comes by default in Ubuntu and other GNOME distros, and that player has been updated today to Rhythmbox 3.4.5.

Rhythmbox 3.4.5 is a point update, and these are characterized by correcting the bugs that have been found in the functions that arrived after v3.4. Total, 40 bugs have been fixed, several of them to improve the experience when listening to and managing podcasts, but they have also introduced new features, as we can read in the release note.

What's New in Rhythmbox 3.4.5

  • Change to the Meson construction system.
  • Rewritten podcast downloader with better resume and retry.
  • Uses podcast episode GUIDs to handle episode URL changes.
  • Preserves the original order of episodes in podcasts even if the episodes have the same publication date.
  • Removed Soundcloud plugin (no longer works due to API restrictions).
  • Removed mmkeys plugin (no longer useful).
  • The DAAP plugin now supports the libdmapsharing 4 API.
  • The crossfading player backend now works much better with network streams.
  • Better progress information when transferring to Android or MTP devices.

Rhythmbox 3.4.5 has been released this afternoon and it's coming to Flathub soon. In the next few days it will arrive in the official repositories of most Linux distributions. For those who prefer another player, you can always take a look at our article Media Players For GNU/Linux; the best programs to watch movies and listen to music.


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  1.   Ezekiel Departure said

    And how about MediaMonkey in Wine? Last time I installed it it worked great.

    1.    pablinux said

      Well, to be honest, I don't remember having tried it or the opposite. That goes back to 2005-2006, so I don't remember if I tried it or not. I seem to remember using Songbird or something else, but I'm having a hard time remembering. I think I also stayed at Clementine.

      And now, well, I'm not considering using WINE to use programs for which there are alternatives. I can use it for Guitar Pro, but not for a player.