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I've not played audio CD for ages. Anyways I had to set up one computer with Linux just recently and one of the requirements was to be able to play audiocds.
I was surprised that actually a
Here is how i come with this article.
If you encounter errors playing Audio CDs on any Linux distro in VLC or other players, you might need to apply the following fix.
root@xubuntu-desktop:~# apt-get install xubuntu-restricted-extras
root@xubuntu-desktop:~# apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
I'm not sure if this packages are required, anyways having them installed is a good idea especially on computers which will have to support as much multimedia as possible.
Trying to play a CD with VLC the result was not nice, you see in the picture above the error that poped up while trying it with VLC:
Due to wrong configuration of the play device VLC will be looking to read the audio cd from.
To succesfully play the audiocd invoke VLC command with a cdda///dev/sr0 argument like so:
hipo@xubuntu-desktop:~$ vlc cdda:///dev/sr0
To permanently fix the error you will have to edit ~/.config/vlc/vlcrc :
Inside ~/.config/vlc/vlcrc find the lines:
Substitute the above line with:
Next find the line:
Change the above line with:
Due to a bug in generating vlcrc , the dvd= might be set also to other messy unreadable characters (different from /dev/cdrom). This can also be the reason why it fails to properly read the disc.
If dvd= and vcd is set to a different unreadable characters delete them and substitute with /dev/sr0 .I've experienced this on Xubuntu Linux with a Bulgarian localization (probably the bug can be seen in other Linuxes when GNOME is installed in Russian, Chineese and other UTF-8 languages.
The strange error can be observed also in other players when the localization is set to someone's native language …
Alternative solution is to install and use rhythmbox instead of VLC.
Other program to play audio CDs called workman , you will have to get used to the interface which uses gtk1 and therefore obsolete. Putting aside the ugly interface it works 😉