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|Initial release||August 18, 2001|
|Stable release||3.0.1 (October 13, 2013[±])|
|Preview release||non [±]|
|Operating system||BSD, GNU/Linux, Solaris and other Unix-like|
Rhythmbox is an audio player that plays and helps organize digital music. Rhythmbox is free software, designed to work well under the GNOME Desktop using the GStreamer media framework. However, Rhythmbox functions on desktop environments other than GNOME.
Rhythmbox offers a growing number of features, including:
Playback from a variety of digital music sources is supported. The most common playback is music stored locally as files on the computer (the 'Library'). Rhythmbox supports playing streamed Internet radio and podcasts as well. The ReplayGain standard is also supported. Rhythmbox also supports searching of music in the library.
Playlists may be created to group and order music. Users may also create 'smart playlists,' ones that are automatically updated (like a database query) based on a customized rule of selection criteria rather than an arbitrary list of tracks. Music may be played back in shuffle (random) mode or repeat mode.
Track ratings are supported and used by the shuffle mode algorithm to play higher-rated tracks more often.
Enabling the crossfading backend option with a duration of 0.0 switches Rhythmbox into gapless playback mode for music formats that support it. Gapless playback is not enabled by default.
Since the 0.9 release, Rhythmbox can create audio CDs from playlists.
Since the 0.9.5 release, Rhythmbox can display cover art of the currently playing album. The plugin can search the internet to find corresponding artwork, and as of 0.12.6, can read artwork from ID3 tags. If an image file is saved in the same directory as the audio track this is used instead.
Since the 0.9.5 release, Rhythmbox can provide song lyrics of the currently playing song with pressing ctrl-L. (as long as they are stored in a lyrics database).
The open-source drop-in replacement, Libre.fm, is also supported. Music can be scrobbed to both services at the same time.
Beginning in the 0.9.6 release, Rhythmbox was able to browse and play all the Jamendo free (as in freedom) music library. The integration was discontinued in 2011 due to technical issues.
Version 0.10.0 supports DAAP sharing.
Rhythmbox has been extensively integrated with a number of external programs, services and devices including:
Rhythmbox uses the Linux udev subsystem to detect player devices.