Rhythmbox and Banshee cannot import music from Samba Drives
February 13, 2011
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Was trying to access my music stored in a network drive (accessed via samba) using Rhythmbox and Banshee, unfortunately, both of them cannot handle samba shares. For Rhythmbox, I can browse to the samba drives (and the music folder), but after I click the import button, nothing was imported. This bug has been reported and fixed in a later version of Rhythmbox (v0.13). Too bad I have v0.12.8. Banshee on the other hand, simply do not have any option to browse to a samba share.
The only workaround I found is to mount the samba share to a local mount point. The commands:
# aptitude install smbfs
# mkdir /media/musicFolder
# mount -t smbfs //networkServer/musicFolder /media/musicFolder
Now, my music is accessible by both Rhythmbox and Banshee.