Amarok 2.1 is out & Installing Amarok 2.1 on Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty

[ Saturday, 13 June 2009, SathyaBhat ]


I was catching up on some feeds yesterday, and this piece of news caught my eye – Amarok 2.1 released. Being a long time Amarok fan ( heck Amarok itself was catalyst to make me use my SUSE 10.0 use full time) – I read the article with great interest. Amarok 2 users would know that Amarok 2 series is a shadow of its old Amarok 1.4(“Amarok Classic” self) – and quite a few people still prefer Amarok classic to Amarok 2 – primararily because of Amarok’s missing support for visualizations, equalizer amongst others. I don’t use equalizers – and as for visualization – well don’t use that either.

Coming back to the point – Amarok 2.0 release was somewhat like a KDE 4.0 release – more of a framework release, basic building blocks in place, but just about. I terribly missed queuing support, and promptly stopped using Amarok (and on a different note, switched to Gnome – Rhythmbox is sweet!). Amarok 2.1 brings in a lot of improvements – and the most obvious one is the improvements to the playlist and main play window area. With Amarok 2.0 – the playlist area was a bit of a hit and a miss the lyrics, Wikipedia info was there but wasn’t obvious, you had to “Add the plasma” and once you added multiple plasma(“applets”) you had no idea how many were there without “zooming out” and overlooking it. And with the zoom effect not at its slickest best it was a big chore. Amarok 2.1 fixes this by adding buttons which bring up the respective applets making it easy to remove the exisitng applets, add new ones or simply re-arrange them.

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Another nice feature introduced is “bookmarking” – any track with a length greater than 10minutes and Amarok will save the last listened position, so when you return to playing the track, it resumes from the last bookmarked place. You can also manually bookmark any track btw.

There are other improvements too – only I couldn’t figure it because the damned player wouldn’t play anything :|
I’ve put my query in Ubuntu forums over here – my problem is that Amarok just refuses to play any local files. If any of my readers can help me figure this out, it’ll be great, just drop a comment.

As for installing Amarok, its pretty straightforward, Goto System -> Administration -> Software Sources. Click on third party sources, click on Add, enter the below line.

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/kubuntu-ppa/backports/ubuntu jaunty main

Save, update. Launch Synaptic, search for amarok and mark for install.

That’s it, Amarok 2.1 is ready to rock. Were you able to get Amarok successful run on your system ? Do drop a comment.

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fold this thread Burke  Saturday, 13 June 2009 o godz. 4:05 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +1

Well, I have no Ide. I can onlay speculate. Amarok just works well for me, but I am using KDE.

First thing I would check is the installed codecs. Maybe there is a problem with them.
Then you have to keep aware that Amarok uses Phonon. Try to play some files with other players using phonon. If they work, you know it is a special Amarok problem. If not, then maybe there is a fundamental problem with phonon. Maybe a conflict between Phonon and Pulseaudio.

Then I would check what file types and conditions are the problem. Does it affect any audio file or just a certain type like mp3? does playing files rom anpther source work well.

Then I would check if there is a problem with the installed KDE4 libraries or some compilation errors.

I have a similar Problem with playing audio in banshee on my system, btw. I also sont know why it refuses to play audio.

Just some ideas, maybe it is useful.

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fold this thread SathyaBhat  Saturday, 13 June 2009 o godz. 6:26 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +1

Burke – The codecs were installed fine. The error was solved once I installed phonon-backend-xine. Don’t know I faced this problem, couple of my friends had installed and they didn’t have any problems. Thanks.

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fold this thread jc1985  Saturday, 13 June 2009 o godz. 7:00 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

don’t add this ppa unless you are using gnome!
if you are using KDE, this ppa will also installs KDE4.3 Beta2 on your computer !!

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fold this thread JavierBere  Monday, 22 June 2009 o godz. 1:38 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +1

On the good side of things, two of the most missed features (MySQL server usage without the preset one, and the ability to lay out your interface like the classic mode) are already back in Trunk for 2.2 and visualizations are being worked on already as a google summer of code project :]

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fold this thread Diego  Monday, 27 July 2009 o godz. 10:23 am #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

The feature I miss more is MusicBrainz:
https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=179394

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fold this thread zugu  Thursday, 3 September 2009 o godz. 12:58 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

Wow, vertical text! Horrendous. Someone please shoot the GUI designer.

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fold this thread Mihir Patel  Monday, 14 September 2009 o godz. 6:00 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

Hello,

Amarok is a good player. I like to use this player but i feel this is not famous that much. I like your post about amarok.

Thanks for providing installation repo.

Regards,
Mihir
ask4itsolutions.com

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Sathyajith Bhat

I'm a 24 year old Software engineer, working on Oracle Forms, Oracle Databases and PL/SQL. I'm crazy about computers in general, and Linux and System Administration in particular. I also love listeni (more...)

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