View Full Version : [ubuntu] How do i open a music file with XMMS?

April 19th, 2009, 07:50 PM
ok, finally getting the ball rolling with integrating ubuntu into my everyday life.

I download some mp3's, and i'm trying to open them with XMMS (which i just downloaded). The songs are set to open with Totem by default, and when i right click to 'open with another application,' i'm not seeing xmms as a choice (only Rhythmbox, among others).

I'm sure XMMS is downloaded, b/c i am looking at the folder. what do i do next?

April 19th, 2009, 09:53 PM
One thing you could try is see if XMMS shows up as a choice under:

System > Preferences > Preferred Applications > Media tab

If it does, you could make it your default player.

April 19th, 2009, 09:57 PM
did you download it and install it or just download it and how?

April 19th, 2009, 09:59 PM
OK... I think this is what you are looking for. Open a terminal and type:

sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/defaults.list

Point the audio/x-mp3=totem.desktop to XMMS instead of totem.

April 22nd, 2009, 01:32 AM
did you download it and install it or just download it and how?

(sorry for the delay) Ok, so i downloaded it only, looks like i didnt install. I have it in my home folder, and its just sitting there.

Hate to be naive, but what do i do next? this is the first program i am downloading/using.

April 22nd, 2009, 03:23 AM
there's info here for 8.04 but should be the same for 8.10


April 23rd, 2009, 03:12 AM
thanks...i tried downloading the package they had listed, and got:

'Couldn't find package libxml-dev"

either way, when i first tried downloading xmms, it was much like any download with Windows (i.e, no terminal window)...then i just extracted the program (again, as i would with a .zip or .rar in windows) but that was the end of it.

i guess i just have a fundamental flaw in my understanding for how to download and install programs in Linux, so i'm off to google some more and will return.