.wav files in Rhythmbox?

by FOSS DIVERSER   Last Updated October 20, 2019 04:02 AM - source

The default music player does not play .wav files. Please help me.

Tags : rhythmbox codecs

Answers 5

you can use vlc or install codecs of it through internet...

November 30, 2010 10:19 AM

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Mark Rooney
Mark Rooney
November 30, 2010 11:07 AM

If you are trying to import music from CD. Well,I was in the exactly same situation and was looking for the .wav codec for rhythmbox. But I rethink it over at the first place, wav codec means uncompressed format. So I just copy the wav files in the cd folder and paste them to music directry for Rhythmbox. After copy & paste, rename the files as you like.

November 01, 2014 01:21 AM

The WAV file format isn't very practical for use in music players like Rhythmbox which want to present all the collected files in a library, because WAV doesn't support tagging (track name, artist, album name, genre, track number, etc.).

It's also very inefficient regarding diskspace because it's only using uncompressed PCM where lossless codecs like FLAC still deliver the exact same audio quality and usually provide tagging functionality.

To debunk the myth that only WAV delivers real CD quality:

  • Lossless is what it says it is. It introduces no loss during encoding, contrary to overenthusiastic marketing for MP3 downloads with 128 kbits or Compact Cassettes. If lossless encoding would still cause loss, you wouldn't want to use ZIP or similar compression methods.
  • WAV isn't what's stored on the CD. If you believe in never touching the signal stream that comes from the CD to retain maximum quality and your programs output is WAV you already "altered" the format. WAV is more comparable to a container format, the link to the Wikipedia article even offers MP3 in WAV format.
November 01, 2014 12:09 PM

I was able to play .wav files on Rhythmbox but some I'd taken off of newer CDs (one was from 2013) wouldn't play. Rhythmbox told me I need a "demuxer" but it was unable to find Ubuntu software for this. (Sorry this isn't an actual solution but I thought it might contribute to resolving the problem.)

October 20, 2019 03:18 AM

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