Since replacing my Gnome-Panels with Avant Window Manager, I've gone without a notification applet (because AWN's is as dreary as Gnome's!) and that's a potential problem with Rhythmbox.
"From Ubuntu Lucid Lynx (10.04) on, when launched Rhythmbox appears as an icon minimized in the notification area." SourceThat's all very well, but if you don't have a notification area it's difficult to activate the Rhythmbox window!
Fortunately the fix is simple:
- Open gconfig
- Navigate to apps > rhythmbox > plugins > status-icon and check the window-visible option.
Source & References:
Ubuntu Documentation Rhythmbox
Ubuntu Documentation GConfig Editor