How to Install Rhythmbox 3.4.6 via PPA in Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04

Ubuntu’s default Rhythmbox music player got new release updates a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu via PPA.

Rhythmbox released version v3.4.5 last month and v3.4.6 days ago after more than 2 years of development. Compare to previous Rhythmbox 34.4, Soundcloud plugin and mmkeys plugin have been removed since they are no longer work / useful. DAAP plugin now supports libdmapsharing 4 API, but no longer enabled by default.

The new release has rewritten podcast downloader with better resume and retry, uses podcast episode GUIDs to handle episode URL changes, preserves original order of episodes in podcasts even if episodes have the same publication date. And, crossfading player backend now works much better with network streams. There are as well many bug-fixes and translation updates.

Install / Update Rhythmbox in Ubuntu

The latest Rhythmbox package is available to install as Flatpak package, which runs in sandbox.

For those prefer the pre-installed .deb package, here’s how to update it via the unofficial PPA.

1. Add PPA

First, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run command to add the PPA. So far, Ubuntu 22.04 and Ubuntu 20.04 are supported.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/rhythmbox

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it asks for sudo authentication and hit Enter to continue.

2. Install / Update Rhythmbox

After adding the PPA repository, search for and launch “Software Updater” from Activities overview. It should show you the updates for the music player. Simply click on “Install” to get them and enjoy!

Or, you may run the single command in terminal to install/update the music player package:

sudo apt install rhythmbox

How to Restore:

If you found any issue for the package installed from PPA, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/rhythmbox

The command will install the ppa-purge tool and purge the Ubuntu PPA you just added, which also downgrade all installed packages from that PPA to the stock versions in your Ubuntu system repository.