Chromium/Firefox do not open iTunes (itmss:) URLs although Rhythmbox is installed

Bug #1291018 reported by Jens on 2014-03-11
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rhythmbox (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I have Rhythmbox and its Mozilla plugin installed, with (if I read correctly) enables the use of iTunes podcast links.

However, when I click on such a link (example:, I do get a warning about starting "Quicktime 7.6.6 Plugin" and (if I accept) another warning about an external protocol being opened "with xdg-open", but after that, nothing happens. In .xsession-errors I get

(totem-plugin-viewer:11017): Gdk-WARNING **: The GDK_NATIVE_WINDOWS environment variable is not supported in GTK3.
See the documentation for gdk_window_ensure_native() on how to get native windows.
TotemEmbedded-Message: Viewer state: STOPPED

If I disable the "Quicktime 7.6.6" Plugin, again nothing happens in the GUI, and in .xsession-errors I get

gvfs-open: itmss:// Error opening location: location not supported
(Error wording might be a little different, I backported it from German)

I would expect Rhythmbox to open and import the podcast in question. When I open Rhythmbox manually and click on "Podcasts" then on "Import", and paste the above URL, the podcast is imported and I can play it fine.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
Package: chromium-browser 32.0.1700.107-0ubuntu0.12.04.1~20140204.866.1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.11.0-18.32~precise1-generic
Uname: Linux 3.11.0-18-generic i686
ApportVersion: 2.0.1-0ubuntu17.6
Architecture: i386
Date: Tue Mar 11 19:48:38 2014
 XDG_CONFIG_DIRS = /etc/xdg/xdg-ubuntu:/etc/xdg
 XDG_DATA_DIRS = /usr/share/ubuntu:/usr/share/gnome:/usr/local/share/:/usr/share/
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS "Precise Pangolin" - Release i386 (20130214)
MarkForUpload: True
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: chromium-browser
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
chromium-default: CHROMIUM_FLAGS=""

Jens (jens-launchpad-net) wrote :
affects: chromium-browser (Ubuntu) → rhythmbox (Ubuntu)
fossfreedom (fossfreedom) wrote :

ITMSS support has been added through this commit recently.

Looks like you'll need to wait for Rhythmbox v3.0.2 - probably in Ubuntu 14.10 unless someone backports this git patch to earlier versions

Anders (eddiedog988) on 2014-03-13
Changed in rhythmbox (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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