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Manage and play ALAC in Linux (Ubuntu Feisty)

I've been searching the forums and the internet in general to find a way of managing my ALAC library in Ubuntu. I've been able to play the files in VLC media player, and Amarok is able to manage them OK, but won't play the files. Is there a way to do both? I kinda need a "step-by-step", because I'm pretty new to all this, thanks.

I found this, but don't know how to make Amarok use it: http://craz.net/programs/itunes/alac.html

Manage and play ALAC in Linux (Ubuntu Feisty)

Reply #1
You might be lacking a few plugins for xine (the playback engine used by Amarok), since it should decode ALAC properly. This command might help:

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sudo apt-get install libxine-extracodecs libxine1-ffmpeg libxine1-gnome

Alternatively, you could also install these three packages using the Synaptic manager. Searching for "xine" should bring them up.

Make sure the "universe" and "multiverse" repositories are active in order to get access to these packages. There's an option to manage packages in Synaptic somewhere. Search for the official Ubuntu/Canonical software sources  and check all of them (main, universe, restricted, multiverse). I can't tell you the exact how-to, since I'm running Kubuntu here, which uses Adept instead of Synaptic. If you can't find the option, then edit the sources.list file itself:

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gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add these lines to it:

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deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ feisty main universe restricted multiverse
deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ feisty main universe restricted multiverse

Save the file, then type this:

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sudo apt-get update

Afterwards, you can install the packages via the command given above.

Please note that I can't test this possible solution myself, because I don't own any music encoded by Apple's software

Edit: Rewrote the whole thing from scratch.

 

Manage and play ALAC in Linux (Ubuntu Feisty)

Reply #2
Works perfectly, thanks a lot

 
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