Lately there have been a lot of people under the impression that plugins for Rhythmbox were few and far between. Well I’m here to tell ya that not only are there some amazing plugins every Rhythmbox enthusiast should know about, they’re even enough to “wow” you’re Windows using friends. I’ve actually had Windows users download and boot to various Linux distributions after seeing what a fully tweaked Rhythmbox installation can really do.
To help move things along here, I’ve taken an opportunity to round up the very best Rhythmbox I’ve used over the years. Some of them are newer than others. However it should be noted that all of them are pretty damned compelling.
Pandora for Rhythmbox – Easily the most used plugin on my desktop, the provided plugin for Pandora is nothing short of amazing. Just download the Pandora plugin from the link provided at github, run the bash script or simply extract the zipped folder to ~/.gnome2/rhythmbox/plugins with Rhythmbox not running in the background. From there, simply goto Rhythmbox>Edit>Plugins and then select Pandora. Hit configure, enter your Pandora login and then close. Pandora is now available for you. The best part is…no commercials!
Something to be aware of with Pandora on Rhythmbox is that you will have an applet that appears next to your clock/calendar as you can see in my screenshot. I’m assuming you’re using classic Gnome or Ubuntu classic as your desktop since I’ve never bothered with Unity myself. Also, the Pandora applet will allow you to easily like or dislike a song, like you would do from the usual Pandora interface.
Desktop art for Rhythmbox – Right off the bat I should point out that the website I would normally point you to, has an outage for some reason. So if you want to grab the desktop art plugin for Rhythmbox, you may need to either use this Ubuntu PPA or perhaps checking around on Google to see if there is a file being hosted somewhere. It might even be hosted in your distribution’s repositories under Rhythmbox plugins, so check around carefully. As you can see for yourself, enabling this plugin will give you the album art of the music you happen to be listening to at the time.
Even more interesting, is that clicking on the album art that appears on your desktop will allow you to control the music as if you were using Rhythmbox’s own user interface. It’s actually a very cool to use plugin, especially if you’re running your desktop on a big screen or want to show off a little to others out there.
YouTube plugin for Rhythmbox – I must admit that this last plugin left me wanting a little more. Yes, it was cool to have the music video for the song I was listening to over Pandora appear to me. I mean, showing this off to your friends is bound to get some interesting reactions. But in truth, it’s not likely a plugin that is going to last for ever on your desktop.
Grabbing a copy of the plugin is done the same way as with all the others. Download it, extract it into the ~/.gnome2/rhythmbox/plugins and so on. From there, you need only enable it and you’re golden. It’s really quite simple, but I would warn you that the plugin isn’t all that stable. So it’s best to only use it when you really need it.
Microblogger for Rhythmbox – Anytime I’m jamming out to a decent tune on Rhythmbox, I rely on my Microblogger plugin to handle my ability to broadcast this via Twitter. To try this yourself, simply download and install Rhythmbox-microblogger for yourself, extract to install and then active it. You will need to authorize it on Twitter like you do with any application. This can seem like bit of work at first, but once it’s completed you’ll find your new Twitter button in Rhythmbox next to the music controls in the app. Just play something, click the button and share it. The entire process couldn’t be easier!