Support in Ubuntu 10.04 - Scrobbling and Streaming

Published on by Jim Mendenhall

Setting up streaming and scrobbling in Ubuntu 10.04, Lucid Lynx, is fast and easy. The Rhythmbox music player provides scrobbling support and the client will let you stream your favorite stations in a nice stand-alone application. Here’s a screencast and written instructions on exactly how to set things up.

Setting up scrobbling in Rythmbox

First of all, what is scrobbling? According the the urban dictionary, it is the act of automatically sending the name of each song played by an audio player to Sending information about the music you listen to to is useful because it helps them build a profile of the music you like which in turn enables to suggest relevant new music to you which you’re likely to enjoy.

If you are using the default music player in Ubuntu, Rhythmbox, then setting up scrobbling is pretty quick and easy, just follow these steps:

1. In Rhythmbox, click on the Edit menu and then click Plugins. in Rhythmbox
2. Select the plugin and click Configure in Rhythmbox
3. Enter your username and password and click Close. Also close the Configure Plugins window. in Rhythmbox

Now, each song you listen to in Rhythmbox should be automatically scrobbled to

Installing the desktop client provides an open source desktop client for Linux that allows you to stream your favorite your stations, recommendations, and library. This is useful because it keeps in its own window, outside the browser (where the Flash player can sometimes bog things down). Since Ubuntu 9.10, the player is available right from within the Ubuntu Software Center, so installing it is a breeze. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Launch the Ubuntu Software Center
Click the Applications menu and choose Ubuntu Software Center. This will launch the Ubuntu Software Center, a one-stop place for finding and installing thousands of free software applications for Ubuntu.

Ubuntu Software Center

2. Search for “” and install
Inside the Ubuntu Software Center, search for “” and you should find an entry called “” with the red logo. Simply click the install button next to this entry (and enter your password if prompted). The client will now be downloaded and installed automatically. The whole process should only take a few minutes (depending on the speed of your internet connection).

Installing in Ubuntu

3. Launch the client
You can now find the client by clicking on the Applications menu and the Sound & Video sub-menu and finally on client in Ubuntu

4. Complete the Setup Wizard
The first time that you launch the client, the Setup Wizard will ask you for your username and password.
5. Start Enjoying your music! client in Ubuntu