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Rhythmbox 0.13.2

Rhythmbox 0.13.2 was released almost a month ago and as usual, it's not available for the Ubuntu 10.10 users. The new versions comes with some interesting improvements such as:
  • Much improved Last.fm (and Libre.fm) plugin
  • Support for DACP (iTunes remote)
  • Zeitgeist plugin
  • New podcast sub-sources showing newly posted and recently downloaded episodes
  • Slightly improved integration with the GNOME Shell message tray
  • Various fixes for iPod support
  • See the whole list of bug fixes and new features at Rhythmbox devel mailing list

Yesterday, I've backported Rhythmbox 0.13.2 from Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal to Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat - that means that the Ubuntu 10.10 package is identical to the one in Ubuntu 11.04 (but built for Ubuntu 10.10). Everything seems to be working for me so I've uploaded it to the WebUpd8 Rhythmbox PPA.

Install Rhythmbox 0.13.2 in Ubuntu 10.10

Before installing Rhythmbox 0.13.2, please note that I had to backport about 4 other packages to get DAAP and all the other plugins to compile proprely. While I've tested Rhythmbox, I cannot test everything so there might be stuff that doesn't work - therefore use this PPA at your own risk. But don't worry about undoing the changes made by this PPA - PPA Purge will solve everything in case something goes wrong (see below).

To add the WebUpd8 Rhythmbox PPA and upgrade to the latest Rhythmbox 0.13.2 (in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat only!):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/rhythmbox
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Rhythmbox radio browser 2.3.1

Update: along with Rhythmbox, I've also uploaded the latest rhythmbox-radio-browser 2.3.1. Install it from the same PPA using the following command:
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-radio-browser

Undo any changes made by the WebUpd8 Rhythmbox PPA

Like I said, in case something goes wrong, you can undo all the changes made by the WebUpd8 PPA using PPA Purge. Firstly, install PPA Purge:
sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

Then purge the PPA using the following command (PPA Purge disables the PPA and downgrades all the packages in that PPA so everything should go back to the state before adding the PPA):
sudo ppa-purge ppa:webupd8team/rhythmbox