Rhythmbox Receives Version Update With A New Web Remote Plugin

Rhythmbox is pretty much the most often overlooked music app for desktops – maybe because it comes preinstalled on Ubuntu. Its new version (with number 3.4) has just been released and is now available to download.

Rhythmbox 3.4 features a new web remote control plugin.

According to GNOME, this feature,

…Provides a simple interface to control playback, and soon will be able to stream the playing track to the client.”

With the plugin users can quickly and securely set-up a web interface to control music playback using their browsers such as the one on your tablet or smartphone.

The plugin will start a local web server on localhost through a small dialog. An authentication key can be configured in the plugin’s Preferences menu in order to restrict playback control to just you and the clients you trust.

Other notable features and changes in Rhythmbox 3.4:

  • Improved handling of keyboard shortcuts for playback
  • Soundcloud plugin lists more search results and allows pausing
  • The app no longer uses webkit

Among the bugs fixed in this release:

  • Configuring music sharing no longer throws warnings
  • Ability to change MP4 encoder settings
  • The lyric plugin now fetches lyrics correctly
  • Party Mode app menu fix.
  • Issue with cover art appearing when cover art disabled

Ubuntu 16.04 ships with Rhythmbox 3.3 but in order to get the latest version you’ll need to manually compile the source code or use an untrusted PPA.

When Ubuntu 16.10 finally ships a stable release it will come with Rhythmbox 3.4 (plus a few patches to compliment its support for Unity).

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Okoi Martins Jr.
I'm a Computer Scientist with a passion for learning new things in fields ranging from theoretical implications of computer science and mathematical modeling to web development and music. In my spare time, I listen to music, read like a compiler, and learn like an A.I algorithm.

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