Rhytmbox Unable to Import Music and Playlist in Ubuntu Linux - Yesterday I encountered an issue in Ubuntu related to Rhythmbox (default Ubuntu music player) in my Ubuntu Linux can not read nor import any audio files (mostly .mp3) and playlist after installing a fresh copy of Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus.

So I decided to make an quick tips how to fix this issue in case you run into the same issue.

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Firstly, I tried installing an Ubuntu restricted extras. It is a meta-package that installs:
  • Support for MP3 and unencrypted DVDplayback
  • Flash plugin
  • Codecs for common audio and video files
  • Microsoft TrueType core fonts

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Unfortunately, the Rhythmbox still unable to play any music.

Unable to Import Music and Playlist Ubuntu Rhytmbox

To fix this issue, we need to remove / rename the rhythmdb.xml which is located on your home .local directory.

So simply run the following commands :

rm ~/.local/share/rhythmbox/rhythmdb.xml


mv ~/.local/share/rhythmbox/rhythmdb.xml ~/.local/share/rhythmbox/rhythmdb.xml.bek

Close and re-open the Rhytmbox music player and it should be working fine now!.

That's it. Enjoy your favorite songs!.