Linux / UNIX: mplayer Play mp3s From a Playlist File

Posted on in Categories , last updated December 19, 2010

I‘m an extreme newbie to the Linux world, but any time I try to get play files according to a playlist file using mplayer command line it turns up this error:

$ mplayer playlist.m3u
MPlayer SVN-r1.0~rc3+svn20090426-4.4.3 (C) 2000-2009 MPlayer Team
mplayer: could not connect to socket
mplayer: No such file or directory
Failed to open LIRC support. You will not be able to use your remote control.

Playing playlist.m3u.
Cache fill: 0.00% (44 bytes)

Exiting… (End of file)

How do I fix this and play music without using GUI tools?

Install Multimedia Codecs For Ubuntu Linux

Posted on in Categories , , last updated November 4, 2008

Q. How do I install Multimedia Codecs for Ubuntu Linux? Can you suggest Multimedia Player for Ubuntu Linux?

A. The best way to install Multimedia Codecs under Ubuntu Linux is use Automatix2 software. Please see previous FAQ Howto: Install Mplayer under Ubuntu Linux

Quick installation: Automatix2

Open terminal and type the following command:
$ wget http://www.getautomatix.com/apt/dists/feisty/main/binary-i386/automatix2_1.1-4.12-7.04feisty_i386.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i automatix2_1.1-4.12-7.04feisty_i386.deb

Now Automatix2 can be run from terminal by typing the command:
$ automatix2

Now install all required multimedia codecs and software.

Multimedia player for Ubuntu Linux

  • Beep Media Player – Plays mp3 and other format
  • Rhythmbox – An integrated music management application
  • VLC Media Player

You can install above players and codecs using Automatix2 and Package manager which is located at System > Administrator > Synaptic Package Manager