[Lubuntu] Progress on playing a CD?

John Hupp lubuntu at prpcompany.com
Sun Sep 16 16:31:53 UTC 2012

That raises the question of what to file the bug report against.

With Audacious, the inelegant process goes this way: Insert CD, the 
popup with "Removable medium is inserted - Type of medium: audio CD - 
Please select the action you want to perform" appears, select 
Audacious.  Audacious opens.  Click the Play button.  Nothing happens.  
But in the menus, then choose Services: Play CD, and it constructs a 
playlist and starts the first track.

With VLC, after choosing VLC in the popup and clicking the Play button 
in VLC, another window appears where one must click the Disc tab, choose 
Audio CD, then click the Play button in that window.

(I also find that VLC is more memory-sensitive than Audacious. Audacious 
performance for CD play is smooth on a machine with 386 MB, but VLC is 
choppy/stuttering badly and is not happy with less than 512 MB.)

With Gnome Mplayer, after choosing it in the popup and clicking the Play 
button, mplayer generated a crash error.  But after closing the error 
window, the Mplayer window still seemed responsive, and it appeared that 
one would play a CD after choosing the menu item Services: Play CD, but 
in this post-crash instance nothing happened.

I make those observations because this issue does not seem to be an 
application-level problem.  In Edubuntu, one inserts a CD, chooses 
Rhythmbox from the popup, the app opens, constructs the playlist and 
begins playing.  In short, once you have told it to play a CD with 
Rhythmbox, it does so.

Suggestions then, for what to file a bug report against?

On 9/12/2012 3:34 PM, Phill Whiteside wrote:
> Hi John,
> thanks for raising the issue, it gives me a clear chance to let you 
> know that the devs only react to bug reports [1]. We have few devs and 
> too many ways of people complaining about issues, please do take the 
> time to raise a bug report. The below link takes you through how to do it.
> Thanks,
> Phill.
> 1. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Testing#Reporting_Bugs
> On 12 September 2012 19:16, John Hupp <lubuntu at prpcompany.com 
> <mailto:lubuntu at prpcompany.com>> wrote:
>     Has there ever been any more progress on making it easy to play an
>     audio CD in Lubuntu?
>     Here is a good explanation of the obscure method one must
>     currently use to play a disc (in VLC, but the same for other
>     players as far as I can tell):
>     http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=11334425&postcount=8
>     I understand that the difficulty lies in the audio CD format not
>     being an actual file system, but in short, one currently has to
>     explicitly open the disc in the player even after choosing a
>     player in the auto-play popup.  I read that Ubuntu accomplishes
>     Windows-like simplicity in this regard, and it would be nice if
>     users didn't need a How-To in order to play a CD.
>     (And before I even got to this point, I had to overcome the
>     obstacle that I couldn't even open the drive.  Pressing the open
>     button got no response - the drive appeared to be dead.  This
>     turned out to be a user privileges issue.  The default user
>     privileges established when one installs Lubuntu don't grant
>     permission for this.)
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