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What to do if you see a "Unknown Playback Error" message

When streaming from an online radio station

If you click on the radio stations and are shown a "Unknown Playback Error" error message. you probably don't have a gstreamer gnomevfs installed. Just run

pacman -S gstreamer0.10-gnomevfs

After you do that, restart Rhythmbox.

When streaming or playing from regular files

Alternatively, Rhythmbox will display the same error message when it does not have the correct codec to play that stream. You will need to identify what format the stream is (by looking at the command line error messages that Rhythmbox displays) and then install the correct Gstreamer codec for that particular audio stream.

If you do not know which gstreamer plugin servers what audio formats, ask on IRC or just google it.

How to activate the Cover Art plugin

If you want to use the cover art plugin, and are unable to do so, you need to install gnome-python

pacman -S gnome-python

After you do that, restart Rhythmbox.

What to do when the little red icon shows when you try to play radio stations

First thing to do when the stop sign icon shows is to right-click the name of the station you are trying to listen to and open the Properties dialog box. Rhythmbox should give a bit more explanation about why it was unable to start playing the audio stream.