Playing mp3 in Rhythmbox

Will H. Backman whb at
Mon Oct 24 14:45:56 UTC 2005

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> Subject: Re: Playing mp3 in Rhythmbox
> This is just an observation as to the default installed packages.  Why
> would someone want to have Rhythmbox installed but no ability to play
> anything but .ogg files?  Wouldn't it be simpler to have by default
> the major file types playable (i.e. mp3, .ogg, .flac, etc.) for the
> default install?

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Including support for those files requires paying fees for each
distributed copy.  There are Linux distributions that include cost money
and include licenses for that technology, but those distributions cannot
be freely distributed.

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