Just a few moments ago I was granted with the following popup message as I tried to play a few podcasts I downloaded
I know Kubuntu doesn’t support MP3 playback by default due to
copyright/ licensing/ patent/legal issues, as seen from this part of the ubuntu documentation
Ubuntu strives to make every piece of software available under the licensing terms laid out in the Ubuntu License Policy. Patent and copyright restrictions complicate free operating systems distributing software to support proprietary formats.
Ubuntu’s commitment to only include completely free software by default means that proprietary media formats are not configured ‘out of the box’.
It’s cool that they’ve automated it though: click the install button, supply your password, wait for the package to download and install, restart amarok and it’s all good.
Kudo’s to programmers, and bleh to non-free standards