Installing aTunes on Linux (under GNOME)

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This document describes how to install the latest aTunes version on a Linux-Gnome system. For some distributions there might by specific packages available. Please see Where can I get aTunes from? for more details.


Installing dependencies

In order to run aTunes you need to have the following software installed:

  • sun-java6-jre (Java 6 Runtime Enviroment (JRE), recent versions of OpenJDK can also be used)
  • One of the following engines:
    • mplayer
    • Xine

To be able to import audio CD's you also need

  • cdda2wav or icedax (cdparanoia is also possible, but only with limited functionality)

Icedax is easier to install, but has a tendency to be buggy and has inferior detection capabilities. If cdda2wav is used (Ubuntu packages:, change permissions (assuming cdda2wav is installed in /usr/bin):

sudo chmod +s /usr/bin/cdda2wav

Optionally one of the following encoders can be present:

You can use your favourite package manager to install this programs and their dependencies. It is likely some of these are located in a different repository for legal reasons. Please consult your distribution's documentation to find out how to add additional repositories. If Java is not avaible you can get it from Sun Microsystems directly

Note: It's not required to uninstall older versions of Java Runtime Edition (JRE), but be sure that typing java --version on a console shows you version 1.6.0_0 or higher. Version 1.6.0_10 or higher is recommended. Alternatively, you can change the execution script to point to a Java 6 virtual machine.

Installing aTunes

Now let's go to the aTunes download page Here you have two options:

  • Multiplatform installer. A Java-based installer.
  • Multiplatform package (No installer). A tar.gz file.

Select one file and save it to disk. If you download the multiplatfom installer, execute it by double-click, or by typing java -jar aTunes_Installer_x.xx.jar on a console, and follow the steps.

If you download the multiplatform package, extract it to wherever you want aTunes to be installed.

Note: In this example we assume you want the files installed to /home/user (you probably want to replace "user" with your actual username). You might need root privileges to install to certain locations.

Start aTunes

Please be sure is executable. For this right click the file, select Properties and set the executable bit.

You can now start aTunes by typing in a console:


Optional: Create a shortcut

Now we are going to create a desktop shortcut. Get rid of all the windows you have open and right click on the desktop and select "Create Launcher" and follow the next steps.

Note: Please don't forget that we assume here that you have installed aTunes to /home/user. So change accordingly.

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