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Enjoy music and video on your Fedora machine.

If you want to use your machine to listen to music and watch videos, Fedora has you covered, but you need to do a couple of things to enjoy your MP3 music collection, play DVDs, and watch kitten videos on YouTube.

Installing Missing Pieces

As you would expect, Fedora comes with applications for playing videos, listening to music, and watching movies, but there is a rub. As a purely open source Linux distribution, the stock version of Fedora doesn't include any non-free components. Among other things, this means that the distro can't handle popular proprietary media formats like MP3 right out of the box. There are plenty of arguments for and against this approach, but the bottom line is that you need to enable support for non-free media formats by manually installing the required codecs (see the "Codecs, Shmodecs" box).

In most cases, this process involves adding software sources containing the non-free components and then installing the required packages on your system. Fortunately, this is a relatively simple thing to do. In fact, you have several ways to add support for popular media formats. The easiest way is to use the Fedy script  [1] that does the donkey job for you. Simply use the following command to download and install Fedy:

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