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Redeemed 03-29-08 07:41 PM

How can I play WMA files in Untuntu...
 
Ubuntu 8.04 would be the perfect alternative OS to Windows for me, if only I could play my music. I know I can alway burn all of my songs to CD, as either MP3s or regular audio CDs, and play 'em that way. But that's a lot of CDs, and a lot of burning.

So, I'm hoping somebody here might know of a simple way to get WMA files to play in Ubuntu. Is there a special application I should be using? Special plugin for a specific player? I tried installing Wine, and then Windows Media Player 11 and 10. But neither worked. Both would fail to start.

Any help is greatly appreciated. :D

bacon12 03-30-08 01:21 AM

Re: How can I play WMA files in Untuntu...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Redeemed
Ubuntu 8.04 would be the perfect alternative OS to Windows for me, if only I could play my music. I know I can alway burn all of my songs to CD, as either MP3s or regular audio CDs, and play 'em that way. But that's a lot of CDs, and a lot of burning.

So, I'm hoping somebody here might know of a simple way to get WMA files to play in Ubuntu. Is there a special application I should be using? Special plugin for a specific player? I tried installing Wine, and then Windows Media Player 11 and 10. But neither worked. Both would fail to start.

Any help is greatly appreciated. :D

Very easily... try this command "sudo apt-get install win-32 codecs", without the quotes.

If you wanna watch dvds go ahead and grab those as well, "sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2''

You may have to enable a different repo, so if that command doesn't find it try enabling universe, or multiverse I can't remember which.

Ubuntu has very good documentation, so check the wiki and forums, as any question you have in the future will most likely be answered there.
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=182902

Redeemed 03-30-08 11:49 AM

Re: How can I play WMA files in Untuntu...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bacon12
Very easily... try this command "sudo apt-get install win-32 codecs", without the quotes.

If you wanna watch dvds go ahead and grab those as well, "sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2''

You may have to enable a different repo, so if that command doesn't find it try enabling universe, or multiverse I can't remember which.

Ubuntu has very good documentation, so check the wiki and forums, as any question you have in the future will most likely be answered there.
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=182902

Hey, thanks! :D I cannot get WMAs to play, but I did get a DVD to play- although there were visual artifacts. I'll try what you recommended and see if that solves the issue. :D

Redeemed 03-30-08 11:52 AM

Re: How can I play WMA files in Untuntu...
 
It said "couldn't find package win-32". I tried multiple times, making sure I typed it correctly. Nothing. :(

Redeemed 03-30-08 12:24 PM

Re: How can I play WMA files in Untuntu...
 
Well, all the methods I've seen so far are for Ubuntu 7.10- I'm running the 8.04 beta. It appears I might be out of luck. :(

Oh well, guess I can just hook my MP3 player directly to my stereo and enjoy my tunes that way. As for DVDs... I seldom watch any. Was just in a 3:10 To Yuma mood last night. I can wait till later this week when I get my Vista rig put together. :D Thanks for the input though.

bacon12 03-30-08 03:59 PM

Re: How can I play WMA files in Untuntu...
 
Redeemed try to open synaptic, and go into settings>> repositories. Enable the mulitverse repo, (by ticking the box)

First do "sudo apt-get update"
Then "sudo apt-get install win-32 codecs"

That should grab them for you, I would also suggest you install amarok, as it is the best media audio player IMHO. You can find it with a synaptic search.

They have to keep the non free, or "dirty" codecs in a non standard repo because of legal reasons. I think they are all hosted in the UK.

Redeemed 03-30-08 05:16 PM

Re: How can I play WMA files in Untuntu...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bacon12
Redeemed try to open synaptic, and go into settings>> repositories. Enable the mulitverse repo, (by ticking the box)

First do "sudo apt-get update"
Then "sudo apt-get install win-32 codecs"

That should grab them for you, I would also suggest you install amarok, as it is the best media audio player IMHO. You can find it with a synaptic search.

They have to keep the non free, or "dirty" codecs in a non standard repo because of legal reasons. I think they are all hosted in the UK.

Multiverse is enabled already. I'll try that again though...

"Couldn't find package win-32" is what it says.

bacon12 03-30-08 08:20 PM

Re: How can I play WMA files in Untuntu...
 
Hmmmm. Do you mind if I point you to a small forum where I know you can get help with this? I will pm you the details.

AyIi 05-14-08 10:42 AM

Re: How can I play WMA files in Untuntu...
 
The codecspack is called "w32codecs", isnīt it? So first add the medibuntu-repo for hardy:
sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/hardy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
Then add the GPG Key:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update
When itīs done you should be able to install the codecs with: sudo apt-get install w32codecs
EDIT: Well I should look at the date... maybe itīs helpfully for others


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