[Rhythmbox-devel] No Rhythmbox auto fill of album information

Tracy L. Cann TracyLCann at zoomtown.com
Wed Dec 14 16:00:43 UTC 2011

Rhythmbox is not autofilling CD album and song information when adding a
CD to the music library. According to the e-mail reply below from a
Rhythmbox developer, it is because Ubuntu version 10.04 LTS is shipping
a broken version of Rhythmbox which can't do CD lookups.The contact says
that the Ubuntu developers need to recompile Rhythmbox to use
libmusicbrainz3-6 instead of libmusicbrainz4c2a. (see below)

I would have filed this bug through Launchpad which I have used in the
past, but I can't find a link to manually add a new bug in Launchpad.

I also tried using ubuntu-bug, but when I was finished clicking through
the GUI screens, it said that I had to file the bug through the
applications "report a bug" option which Rhythmbox doesn't have (or I
couldn't find).

Just explaining why I'm e-mailing the bug squad list instead of filing a
bug report on Launchpad.

Tracy L. Cann
On Wed, 2011-12-14 at 08:54 -0500, Calvin Walton wrote:
> On Mon, 2011-12-12 at 10:53 -0500, Tracy L. Cann wrote:
> > Hi. I'm in the process of uploading all of my CD's to create a library
> > in Rhythmbox in a different laptop I recently purchased. I've uploaded
> > 23 albums now. All 23 have had the same problem, not autofilling the
> > album information.
> > 
> > Yes, I've gone to the MusicBrainz website and found all of my albums on
> > their site.
> > 
> > No I haven't done anything to change Rhythmbox. I am using Ubuntu 10.04
> > LTS. The only "updates" are what Ubuntu does through Update Manager. I'm
> > basically a newbie and don't do any programming or custom modifications.
> I've done a little investigating. It turns out that all versions of
> Ubuntu prior to 11.10 (Oneric) are shipping a broken version of
> Rhythmbox which can't do CD lookups. This is because they use the old
> version 2.1.5 of libmusicbrainz.
> The good news is that the version of Rhythmbox included in Lucid does
> support the newer version 3.0.2 of the libmusicbrainz library - which
> will work. However, Rhythmbox will have to be recompiled to use it.
> At this point, your best option will be to file a bug with Ubuntu, to
> ask them to rebuild Rhythmbox to fix CD lookups. In particular, you
> should include this technical detail: it needs to use libmusicbrainz3-6
> instead of libmusicbrainz4c2a.
> Since Ubuntu 10.04 is still officially supported until April 2013, the
> Ubuntu folks should be able to help you.
> > The last time I know it worked correctly was in September or October
> > 2010 When I last purchased some CD's and loaded them into a desktop PC
> > which also has Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. The autofill feature is no longer
> > working on that PC either.
> This date range corresponds to when the old 'RDF' webservice was shut
> down, due to the database schema upgrade.

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