Rhythmbox on Ubuntu 10.04 won't play mp3 on NAS

Rythmbox on Ubuntu in Virtualbox can play local mp3 but not those on a NAS.

Ah the complexity of computing, no wonder most people only just play games on FaceBook.

Below I describe a problem playing MP3s on a network resource.  I don’t have a solution yet.  And have not at this time (4/24/2010) investigated further.

I installed Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx in VirtualBox 3.2.2 hosted on Windows 7 Professional 64bit. Rythmbox (the default music software) ver 0.12.8 will play mp3 on the VM’s local file system. However, it won’t play mp3s that are stored on my Networked Attached Storage (NAS), an ancient ReadyNAS (now NetGear) X6 model.

Some observations:

  • If I copy an mp3 from the NAS to the file system, it plays.
  • I can play the same mp3 on the NAS using the Totem Movie Player 2.30.2.

What it could be?

  • Not an access control, since the movie player can play them.
  • Rythmbox has the correct plug-ins, since it can play mp3.
  • It is buggy or some subtle configuration is incorrect when accessing mp3 via network?

Some links
Re: Ubuntu 10.04 – Rhythmbox not working: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=9311110

2 thoughts on “Rhythmbox on Ubuntu 10.04 won't play mp3 on NAS”

  1. This is a bug in Rhythmbox … or a bug in the DAAPD daemon in the NAS, depending on who you listen to! Rythmnbox adds a legal header to the chat with the DAAPD daemon – but this causes the daemon in your NAS to crash. They are arguing about who is really to blame, but there IS a version of Rythmn box with this header removed – 0.13. This has not yet made it to the Ubuntu repos though.

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