Version: 1.4-beta2 (using KDE 3.5.2, Kubuntu Package 4:3.5.2-0ubuntu0 dapper)
Compiler: Target: i486-linux-gnu
OS: Linux (i686) release 2.6.15-19-686
I am a new amarok user, I installed Amarok 1.4 beta2 on Dapper and found that it would not playback any MP3 files or icecast streams. I would start the MP3's playing and they would finish instantly without any sound. Icecasts would show time ticking but would not output any sound.
This behaviour was puzzling to me since I had XMMS working with both MP3 and Icecast.
Eventually I figured out to try xine (since the sound engine is xine) and discovered that xine did not understand any MP3 related codecs because libxine-extracodecs was not installed.
It would have been very helpful in figuring out the problem had amarok reported the same error messages as xine-ui did, since for the longest time I wondered if it was a problem with artsd or with amarok itself.
This is not amaroK's fault, but the fault of the distro packagers who patch xine-lib. The problem is, they remove he mp3 codec, without updating xine's internal list of supported file types. So xine happily reports to amaroK that it was able to play mp3, while it really isn't.
If it were patched correctly, you would not be able to insert the files in the playlist, and amaroK would complain about missing mp3 support.
oh! I post a similar bug: