Rhythmbox and Banshee cannot import music from Samba Drives

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.

One response to “Rhythmbox and Banshee cannot import music from Samba Drives

  1. Nigel March 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Was having the same problem, you fix worked perfectly.
    Cheers mate

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