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Why Your Music & Video Files Don’t Play on Linux, and How to Fix It

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You’ve switched to Linux, and now you’re ready to start listening to music and watching video. But — oh no — the file won’t play! This is a moment that surprises many new Linux users. Your Windows and Mac OS X computers played media files out of the box. So do your phones and tablets. Why, then, doesn’t Linux? Simply, your distribution didn’t come with the necessary codecs. This wasn’t an oversight. There are legal and ethical reasons why some projects don’t pre-install codecs. I’ll try to keep this simple, and then we’ll dive into what you can do about…

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