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Ubuntu on Thinkpad X41 – Working With Amarok

Posted by Shane O'Sullivan on May 11, 2007

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This is one of a number of posts detailing how to install Ubuntu 6.10 (codename Edgy) on a Thinkpad X41. This post focuses on using the amazing music player Amarok. Rather than me going into the many reasons why no other music player even comes close, have a look at it’s website, or read here.


Installing couldn’t be easier. Although Amarok is techically a KDE application, and I’ve installed Gnome on my Thinkpad, it will run perfectly fine.

  1. Click Applications->Add/Remove
  2. Choose Amarok from the list on the right and click OK

Working with Sony Ericsson w810i Walkman:

I own a Sony Ericsson w810i Walkman phone which I’d like to use with Amarok. However, it doesn’t directly support this device, so some slight configuration has to take place.

  1. Open Amarok by clicking Applications->Sound & Video->Amarok. If the application doesn’t show up then it has minimised itself, and you should see a grey/blue circular icon in your taskbar. Click this and the window will show up.
  2. Connect your phone to the computer via the bundled USB cable. It should auto-mount to the two folders /media/disk (the one we’re interested in), and /media/PHONE.
  3. In Amarok, click Settings->Configure Amarok
  4. Click Media Devices at the bottom left of the configuration window.
  5. Click the Add Device button.
  6. From the drop down list, choose Generic Audio Player.
  7. In the middle text box enter the name for your device, e.g. “My Walkman”.
  8. In the bottom text box, enter the mount point for your device, /media/disk
  9. Click OK. The new device should now be listed. Now it must be configured.
  10. Click the configuration button to the left of the Remove button for your new device.
  11. Into the Song Location textbox in the bottom section put the following:
    /music/%artist/%album/%track %title.%filetype
  12. Click OK, then OK again to return to the main application.
  13. Now (and from now on) simply click the Devices button on the bottom left of the window, then the Connect button at the top left. You can then drag and drop songs into the device and transfer them by clicking the Transfer button.
  14. Enjoy the free, open source media player that puts Apple and Microsoft to shame!

Sharing Music with iTunes over a network

If you have two computers, one running iTunes and the other, more enlightened one, running Amarok, it’s possible to share music between them, which should save you the trouble of duplication space-hogging mp3 files.

  1. In iTunes, click Edit->Preferences
  2. Click on the Sharing tab.
  3. Check the two checkboxes.
  4.  In Amarok, click Settings->Configure Amarok
  5. Click Media Devices.
  6. Click Add Device.
  7. From the drodown box, choose Music Sharing and give the device a name, e.g. “Shared Music”. Click OK,then OK again to return to the main application.
  8. Click Devices at the bottom left of the window.  At the top left of the window you should see a dropdown bo – choose “Shared Music” (or whatever you called it) and you should see all shared libraries on your network.

Posted in Amarok, Linux, mp3, open source, Sony Ericsson, Technical, Ubuntu | 8 Comments »

Ubuntu on Thinkpad X41 – Installing Multimedia Components

Posted by Shane O'Sullivan on February 16, 2007

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This is one of a number of posts detailing how to install Ubuntu 6.10 (codename Edgy) on a Thinkpad X41. This post focuses on installing multimedia components.

Out of the box, Ubuntu Edgy has problems playing MP3s and some video codecs, due to the fact that it cannot ship non-open sourced software, while most codecs are free, they are not open source. For this reason, you have to download them yourself.

To get MP3s to play:

  1. Click Applications->Add/Remove, choose to show “All Available Applications and search for GStreamer
  2. Check the “GStreamer extra plugins” box and click “Apply

To get extra movie codecs:

  1. Click System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager->Settings->Repositories
  2. Check the “Software restricted by copyright or legal issues” box.
  3. Click OK. If downloading fails, change the server to “Main Server” and try again.
  4. Open a Terminal by clicking Applications->Accessories->Terminal and type
    sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-pitfdll gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse gxine libxine-main1 libxine-extracodecs ogle ogle-gui
  5. When asked if you want to continue, type “Y” and hit Enter.

To play DVDs:

  1. download
  2. When Firefox promts you about how to handle the file, choose to open it with the default, which should be “Gdebi Package Installer

To install RealPlayer:

  1. Download the RealPlayer installation package from
  2. Firefox should prompt you to open with the package installer, but if not, double click on the downloaded file and install it.
  3. To make RealPlayer work inside Firefox you have to delete the Totem plugins that tell Firefox to play RealMedia files with the open source program Totem. Source Link. Type:
    cd /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox/plugins/
    sudo rm libtotem-complex-plugin.*

To install the best mp3 player ever created by man, woman or beast, Amarok, see my follow up post at

Posted in Amarok, open source, Technical, Thinkpad, Ubuntu, X41 | 4 Comments »

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