After a fresh installed Ubuntu, one thing to do is configuring your music player. In Ubuntu 12.04 Precise LTS, if you use other music player to instead the default Rhythmbox, here’s a way to remove Rhythmbox controls from the sound indicator.

1. Install dconf editor.

dconf tools is available in Ubuntu 12.04′s repository, use Software Center or this command:

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

2. Launch dconf editor and navigate to com/canonical/indicator/sound

You will see this window:

  • Remove ‘rhythmbox’ from the value of ‘interested-media-players’, rhythmbox will disappear from sound menu in next login. But rhythmbox comes again if you launch it.
  • Add ‘rhythmbox’ into the value of ‘blacklisted-media-players’, rhythmbox won’t back any more.