Burning an audio CD [using Xfburn]

Rene_Thomas

New Member
Hello good people, bots and borgs;

I am using Linux Lite and my level of computer literacy is slightly less than that of the average Windows user.

I have never burned a CD using the Lite distro, which contains a CD Burner package called Xfburn (v0.5.4) as standard.

When trying to use it to burn some mp3 files onto a CD-R disk, as soon as I try to add the files to the list I get an error box popping up with the message:

/media/rene/SAMSUNG/music/Jah Wobble - whole discocraphy/2009 - Chinese Dub (256)/01 SPACE.mp3

is not an audio file:

MPEG-1 Layer 3 (MP3) decoder is missing.

You do not have a decoder installed to handle this file.
Probably you need to look at the gst-plugins-* packages
for the necessary plugins.


I was surprised that the burning program can't handle these mp3 files, as it is such a common file format. An in-program button marked gstreamer tells me that:

The gstreamer transcoder uses the gstreamer
library for creating audio compositions.

Essentially all audio files should be supported
given that the correct plugins are installed.
If an audio file is not recognized, make sure
that you have the 'good','bad', and 'ugly'

gstreamer plugin packages installed.

I'm not adept at installing extra packages; when searching the 'net for info about Xfburn, I found a README page that suggests I install "gstreamer", "gstreamer pbutils" and "gstreamer plugins".

I have gone into the Synaptic Package Manager application, which I am sort of scared of using in case I download the wrong thing; I put a search for "gstreamer" into it and it brought up loads of different packages.

Any ideas what I should do?

PS. Please be patient with me - I don't get much time to use my computer, so it might be a day or two before I can make another attempt at burning this CD.
 


dos2unix

Active Member
Generally "audio" CD's for say a CD player (like in a car) wants the songs on the CD to be .WAV files.
(uncompressed).

If you want to put .mp3's on the CD, you just need to burn it as DATA (iso9660) disk.
mp3's wont work on all CD players, only ones that have a mp3 decoder built in. Or a computer
that has a mp3 players.
 

poorguy

Well-Known Member
Try this it should install what is needed.

Open the terminal and copy and paste this command.

sudo apt install libdvd-pkg

Press enter and then enter your password.
Answer yes to the prompts.

Then copy and paste this command.

sudo dpkg-reconfigure libdvd-pkg


Press enter.
Answer yes to the prompts.

When finished close terminal and restart computer and see if you are able to burn mp3 files.

Here is a link that will explain this better than I can.

 

wizardfromoz

Super Moderator
Staff member
Gold Supporter
G'day Rene, it's been a while :)

Without taking away anything from what my friends and colleagues above have suggested -

I went into an instance of Linux Lite 4.2 I have, and experienced the same problems as you, with Xfburn.

I didn't have any .mp3s to play with, so picked a song from my Thread in Off Topic, here

https://www.linux.org/threads/rock-roxx.24075/

... and converted a youtube vid to mp3.

The Xfburn issue was remedied by installing 3 packages, which can be done either through SPM (Synaptic) or via the command line. I can detail both, just sing out if you have not found an alternative and I'll put screenshots and commands together for you.

Now I have Deep Purple's Fireball ready to burn, just have to find about another 100 songs to burn the CD, lol.

Chris Turner
wizardfromoz
 

atanere

Well-Known Member
Hi Rene! Another option that might fix your issue... Linux Lite has a special menu item called "Install Software" or "Lite Software" (not sure which, but I think just "Install Software"). That selection only contains about a couple of dozen items that are favorites of the Linux Lite team and are well-crafted to just install and work. The one that may help you is called "Restricted Extras" which is provided to install missing codecs for multimedia files, such as mp3's. It is a good package to install, even if you still need to follow further advice from those above to make your music play... but Restricted Extras may solve it by itself. Good luck!

Cheers
 

poorguy

Well-Known Member
Hi Rene! Another option that might fix your issue... Linux Lite has a special menu item called "Install Software" or "Lite Software" (not sure which, but I think just "Install Software"). That selection only contains about a couple of dozen items that are favorites of the Linux Lite team and are well-crafted to just install and work. The one that may help you is called "Restricted Extras" which is provided to install missing codecs for multimedia files, such as mp3's. It is a good package to install, even if you still need to follow further advice from those above to make your music play... but Restricted Extras may solve it by itself. Good luck!

Cheers
Excellent suggestion atanere.

Here's the manual.



Here's what atanere is referring to.


Lite Software - Install Software

Lite Software is a graphic user interface (GUI) tool to easily install and remove popular software in Linux Lite. It is a convenient way to gather the most commonly used applications together and present them to the user.


The applications listed in Lite Software are not built-in with Linux Lite. Your computer must be connected to the internet in order to download and install these applications. If the application you are looking for is not listed in Lite Software, please use Install/Remove Software (Synaptic Package Manager) to search for it and install it.


Installing some of the more widely popular programs on Linux Lite like Kodi, Skype and Spotify is just a few simple steps on Linux Lite.


Go to Menu, Settings, Lite Software.





Enter your password and click OK.





Next you will be shown the Update Software Sources window, click Yes to continue.





Sources will be updated:





Once the sources have been updated, the following window will appear, select Install Software and click OK.





Next, you'll see the following window pop up. Select each application by holding down the Ctrl key. You may choose and install more than one package at a time if you like. In this example we'll choose to install, Games Pack, Music Player and Restricted Extras. Next, click the Install button.





In the next dialog, you'll be shown which applications you've selected to install. Click Yes when ready.





The programs will now be downloaded and installed automatically for you. This can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes depending on how many applications you've selected, the size of the program/s and the speed of your internet connection.








When the install is complete, you will get a confirmation like the following.





The Lite Software window will reappear at the end in case you want to perform another task. If you have finished, click Quit.





Top of page

Lite Software - Remove Software

Removing Additional Software in Linux Lite is just a few simple steps.


Click on Menu, Settings, Lite Software.





Enter your password and click OK.





Next you will be shown the Update Software Sources window, always answer Yes.





Sources will be updated:





Once the sources have been updated, the following window will appear, select Remove Software and click OK.





Next, you'll see the following window pop up. Select each application by holding down the Ctrl key. You may choose to remove more than one package at a time if you like. In this example we'll choose to remove, Games Pack, Music Player and Restricted Extras. Next, click the Remove button.





In the next dialog, you'll be shown which applications you've selected to remove. Click Yes when ready.





The programs will now be removed automatically for you. This can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes depending on how many applications you've selected and the size of the program/s.





When the removal process is complete, you will get a confirmation like the following. Click OK.





The Lite Software window will reappear at the end in case you want to perform another task. If you have finished, click Quit.




Getting Software

Getting software on Linux is easier than on Windows. The vast majority of programs that you may want/need to install are all centrally located in what are called software repositories (repos). Rather than searching the web, downloading programs from various sites (some of which may not be reliable), running the installer, rebooting, etc., available software is all centrally located and available for installation in seconds. The packages/(programs) in the repositories are tested, approved for inclusion in the repos and securely signed to insure their validity.


There are a few common methods for installing and removing software. Linux Lite comes with Lite Software and Install/Remove Software (Synaptic Package Manager) applications. When the program you want is not listed in Lite Software and you already know its name, Install/Remove Software (Synaptic Package Manager) makes installing easy.


IMPORTANT: Before you run Install/Remove Software for the first time, read this first. Then come back to here to learn how to install and remove software.

Installing Software

1. Click on Menu, System, Install/Remove Software and enter your password when prompted.





2. Make sure All is selected in the left pane and in the Quick Filter or spy glass:
type in your search query. In this example we will search for the 'audacious' music player.





3. Double click on the package you want to install.


4. Some software will ask you to Mark additional required changes? These are also known as dependencies and are required for the program to function properly.





5. Click on Mark. Now hit the Apply button on the Synaptic toolbar. The software will install and a Menu entry will be created in the relevant Menu category. For audacious the Menu category would be Multimedia.





6. Go to the Menu and your new software will be there under the relative Category. An alternative way to find your new software is to click on Menu, Accessories, Application Finder. Type your program name in the Search box and the result will display on the right. Double click on the program name and it will launch for you.




Uninstalling Software

1. Uninstalling software is the reverse process of installing software in Install/Remove Software (Synaptic Package Manager). Type the name of the software into the Quick Filter or the spy glass box:





2. Right click on the software and select Mark for Removal. Now hit the Apply button on the Synaptic toolbar and your software will uninstall. Be very careful with this process as you can inadvertently uninstall crucial system software. If you have any doubts, please search the net first to see if it is safe to uninstall the software. Synaptic is pretty good at warning you should there be any potential problems.
 
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wizardfromoz

Super Moderator
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Rene only needs installing 2 -3 packages to fix this, if he wishes to continue with the installed xfburn.

So far, he has tried to add an .mp3 and received this



SCREENSHOT 1 - REFERS TO GST-PLUGINS-NECESSARY


IMO this is unnecessary advice, but we will see :)


He then decides to check the option available for gstreamer and gets this




SCREENSHOT 2 - ADVICE ON THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

This is what I focused on.

I opened SPM (Synaptic Package Manager, aka Synaptic), and performed a Search (not a Filter) on gstreamer.

The results I show are shorter, because after doing that, I focused on gstreamer1.0, which has the most plentiful list in my case.




SCREENSHOT 3 - IN MY CASE, I HAVE HIGHLIGHTED BAD AND UGLY

In doing the above, you should note the following:
  1. Get familiar with the icons and what they mean - from Menu bar, choose Help - Icon Legend
  2. By clicking an item, it highlights it for some action, see upper one with "bad"
  3. By going down to "ugly", I press my Control key and click, and it too is highlighted to perform the same action
  4. My "good" is already installed (where my cursor is), but if not, click that too
  5. My "base" is already installed, but "base-apps" might be useful down the track
  6. If you cannot see the full name of the packages. go to the Column Headers and where it says Package and Installed Version, just drag package a little to the right to expand it.
Once these are highlighted, right-click on any highlighted entry, and choose Mark for Installation, and when that is done, go to near the top where it says Apply and click, and follow the prompts.

When this process is completed, reboot into your Linux Lite, launch xfburn, and go to add your mp3s, and hopefully Bob's Your Uncle.

Cheers

Wizard
 

Rene_Thomas

New Member
Wow !
Hi and big thanks to dos2unix (I love your name), and to poorguy.
Wiz and atanere; it's been too long, comrades.
I appreciate your advice, even though I don't have time to read through it all carefully today :(
I will let you know what success I have in the next couple of days.

Big love !
 

alkion

Member
Install:

gstreamer0.10-plugins-good (0.10.31-3+nmu1ubuntu5)
gstreamer0.10-x (0.10.36-1.1ubuntu2)

 

rado84

Active Member
If nothing else works, you can always try ImgBurn. Runs perfectly using Wine. ;) That's the program I use for burning CD/DVDs when XFBurn and everything else fails.
 

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