Quick Tip: K3b On Ubuntu with Gnome

Date January 22, 2008

Serpentine just doesn’t cut it for me when it comes to creating audio CDs, so I installed my favorite CD burning app, K3b and fired away.

To install:
# sudo apt-get install k3b

One of the features I like in K3b is the ability to preview audio tracks within the playlist editor, but if you haven’t installed and started artsd, you’ll get the following error:

K3b Arts Error

“Could not initialize Audio Output plugin k3b Arts Audio Output Plugin (can’t connect to aRts soundserver)”

To solve this, you’ll need to install and start the aRts soundserver:

# sudo apt-get install arts

# artsd &

Now, audio preview will work correctly in K3b.

Another hurdle you might run into is K3b’s lack of built-in mp3 decoding software. To solve that, install the K3b mp3 plugin:

# sudo apt-get install libk3b2-mp3

Otherwise, you’ll receive this error when trying to add an mp3 to the playlist:

Problems while adding files to the project.
Unable to handle the following files due to an unsupported format:
You may manually convert these audio files to wave using another application supporting the audio format and then add the wave files to the K3b project.

3 Responses to “Quick Tip: K3b On Ubuntu with Gnome”

  1. ives said:

    thanks for this tutorial.
    The only hick is that i’ve to type it everytime i restart the pc.How can i make it works automatically….


  2. boss said:

    Use this for the mp3s:
    sudo apt-get install libk3b2-extracodecs

  3. nihonin said:

    I have finally managed to get the Linux box I always wanted, purchased a laptop with Visturd on it and after getting it home saved the new machine from a lifetime of problems. i installed Ubuntu 8.04 and haven’t looked back, only problem was copying dvd’s, I tried a few apps but no luck I wanted k3b but didn’t think I’d ever get it running under gnome. Thanks for this great piece on finally creating my dream Linux machine.