Amarok 2.3.0 and PulseAudio Problem

Ever since I upgraded my Ubuntu desktop from 9.04 to 10.4, I have been having problems with Amarok dropping sound randomly. For example, if Amarok is playing the music and another program requires to use sound, Amarok will become silence.

One solution to restore sound in Amarok is to kill pulseaudio and restart Amarok. It works, but very annoying.

Fortunately, installing libxine1-gnome and configure Amarok to use Esound (ESD) instead of PulseAudio fixed the problem.

Thanks to this bug report


Enable mp3 playback with Amarok on Ubuntu 9.10

I just installed Ubuntu 9.10 on my desktop. When I tried to play some mp3 files with Amarok 2.2.0, it didn’t make any sound though it played ogg without a problem.

Thanks to this post, mp3 play back can be enabled by installing libxine1-ffmpeg.

$ sudo apt-get install libxine1-ffmpeg

Credit: How to Play mp3 files with amarok in Ubuntu Linux 9.04