Amarok 2.1 Beta 1 "Nuliajuk" released

Amarok 2.1 Beta 1

After the bug fixing goodness of Amarok 2.0.2, it is time to crank up the coolness factor by a few orders of magnitude. Deep in our hidden lair we have been hard at work plotting world domination - and occasionally working on the next major version of Amarok - and we are now ready to let the rest of the world have a taste with the release of Amarok 2.1 beta1.

Amarok 2.1 will come with many new features and some old favorites will make a re-appearance. Beta 1 gives you a sneak preview of all these improvements. While not quite ready for general use yet, the stability is quite good and overall the beta should be quite usable in most cases (standard "may eat your cat, spouse, favorite cupcake or pet iguana" warnings do apply however).

Major new features include a new, completely user configurable playlist with an easy to use drag-and-drop editor, cue sheet support, a new take on managing applets in the Context View, bookmarks - allowing you, among other things, to save and share favorite finds in the services, support for showing radio stations with many alternate streams as one track in the playlist, much faster startup when reloading large playlists containing non local tracks, as well as many other improvements, UI tweaks and bug fixes across the board. So download, test drive and cuddle this beta a little, provide feedback and bug reports and help us make Amarok 2.1 the best Amarok release ever.



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The full ChangeLog since 2.0.2 is about a mile long and follows below:

Features

  • The collection scanner is now able to be run in batch mode, allowing for automated scans of both full and incremental types. In addition, all graphical dependencies have been removed, allowing for headless, remote runs of collection scans. A wiki page detailing how to do this will be made available shortly.
  • Covers are shown and written for iPod collections.
  • Phonon multimedia system can be configured directly from Amarok.
  • Cover art can now be disabled in the collection browser.
  • Scrobble tracks from streams that have title and artist metadata
  • Add support for showing a stream with multiple alternative servers as a single item in the playlist and add GUI for manually selecting prefered source.
  • Ampache service: Add support for Ampache 3.4.4 and 3.5.x.
  • Auto timecoding (position bookmarking) now exists for tracks with length greater than 10 minutes. (BR 148740)
  • Add a animated "loading..." screen when dynamically fetching info about an item to show in the service info applet.
  • Deleting tracks from the local collection is now possible. (BR 170999)
  • Add a filter-by-date-added to the collection browser. Use added:"today" or added:<2m2d
  • Add an advanced but user friendly playlist layout editor allowing users to modify and create their own playlist layouts.
  • The Playlist can now render itself using layouts defined in XML. A number of default layouts are included and can be switched between.
  • Option to automatically scroll the playlist to the active item on track change.
  • New QtScript methods for accessing the playlist: Amarok.Playlist.selectedFilenames() & Amarok.Playlist.selectedIndexes(). Patch by Mathias Panzenböck .
  • New QtScript method for the Track prototype: imagePixmap( size ). Returns a QPixmap of the given size, or the default if the size argument isn't supplied.
  • New QtScript class 'DataDownloader' that returns results as a QByteArray instead of a string. Needed for image downloads.
  • Cue Sheets are now supported as in Amarok 1.4, plus each cue entry (usually a track) will be displayed as a timecode on the Progress Bar with a nice onMouseOver popup.
  • Ipod support now uses/depends on libgpod 0.7.0
  • Bookmarking specific positions within local tracks and downloaded local podcast episodes, with a nice visual indicator on the progress bar.
  • When the last.fm service is active, any track, from any collection or service, can be loved from the browser , and there will always be a love button for the currently playing track, no matter the source.
  • Dbus methods added: VolumeUp, VolumeDown and Mute. (BR 181130)
  • The feed url is displayed in the config dialog of a podcast channel. By left clicking in the url it's copied to the clipboard. (BR 180853)
  • The Playlist Browser can now show playlists from multiple sources, including media devices.
  • The Last.fm service now allows for the playing of all types of user stations (personal, loved tracks, recommendations, and neighborhood).
  • Arbitrary Tags can now be played in the last.fm service. (BR 139802)
  • Replay Gain support for most file formats that Amarok can read tags from. Reading Replay Gain tags from MP4 files requires libMP4v2. Musepack (MPC) files are unsupported due to a limitation of TagLib.
  • Bookmark Manager applet allowing for the creation, browsing, ordering and deletion of Amarok urls of different kinds. (BR 173512)
  • Amarok urls. Amarok can now load and generate "amarok urls" that allows any "view" to be bookmarked and later retrieved. A protocol handler is also installed that will launch amarok into the correct state, or make amarok show the correct view, if already running, when such a url is activated system wide.
  • Customizable playlist layouts. The playlist is now rendered according to an xml layout, allowing the playlist to assume a variety of different looks and supply customizable information.
  • Album cover art can be accessed via the scripting API. Patch thanks to Simon Esneault . (BR 179732)
  • New vertical Context View layout.
  • New applet toolbar in the Context View to arrange, select, and add applets.

Changes

  • New splash screen by Wade Olson .
  • Magnatune.com store: When downloading albums (either by purchasing or free membership downloads) remember the file format and download location for next time.
  • Links in the lyrics applet are now clickable and open with the default external web browser (BR 179396)
  • Collection browser has been pimped.
  • Bring back animations in the browsers if Qt 4.5 or later is detected.
  • The collection scanner is now being provided in a separate package.
  • The TagLib plugins formerly provided by Amarok are now being provided in a separate package. It should be available in most distributions as taglib-extras.
  • Improvements to playlist searching and filtering. No longer reset view to the top when clearing a search term. No longer scroll into the results when the "show only matches" option is set.
  • Improved implementation of volume muting. Mute state doesn't change volume level any more. (BR 172392)
  • Remove score, last played and play count from the current track applet for tracks that does not have any of them (mainly streams).
  • Don't pretend to be able to seek if the source isn't seekable.
  • File Browser UI has been tweaked for better usability.
  • The Bookmark Handler in the File Browser no longer causes a crash-on-exit, so it has been re-enabled. (BR 173634)
  • Performance optimisation when loading large playlists, and hence faster application startup.
  • Many small visual tweaks for greater consistency and better use of screen space.
  • Increased width of volume slider for greater precision.
  • Use the speex, trueaudio and wavpack support in TagLib 1.5, rather than our own plugins.
  • Double click on a podcast channel appends all episodes to the playlist.
  • Delete and download actions will only be shown when relevant to the selected podcast episode.
  • Major refactoring of the podcast model and view to allow custom actions per podcasts source.
  • Compilation fixed for OpenSolaris.
  • Show the cover menu when right clicking on artwork in the Tag Dialog.
  • Don't remove queued tracks from the playlist when repopulating dynamic playlists.
  • Major last.fm UI overhaul.
  • Progress indicator on system tray icon is back.
  • Now using KSystemTrayIcon.
  • QtScript: Importer.loadQtBinding returns a true or false depending on success.

Bugfixes

  • Improvements to compilation detection during the collection scanning phase. Thanks to Michael Quinn for laying the groundwork. (BR 172953)
  • Do not reset lyrics applet to the top when pausing and then unpausing a track. (BR 182519)
  • Automatically update lyrics applet if the user edits relevant track metadata. (BR 185237)
  • Fix tracks with some identical tags being detected as dupes and not getting copied onto MTP device.
  • Fix invisible and unintuitive selection in the playlist after deleting one or more tracks. (BR 187871)
  • Prevent playlist from showing a wrong playing song after adding tracks above it. (BR 181947)
  • Show the current playing song when resuming playback of a track not in the collection. (BR 173912)
  • Fix crash when using ctrl+mousewheel in the File Browser. Patch by Valentin Rouet . (BR 175803)
  • Fix actions choosen from context menu in a filtered playlist getting applied to wrong track(s). (BR 186573) (BR 185054)
  • Try to detect the charset of cue sheets. (BR 184769)
  • Make opening an external webbrowser working on Windows, too.
  • The File Browser now remembers its sort order. (BR 186444)
  • When editing info for multiple tracks, do not write to the files if only editing info that is stored in the db and not in the actual files (such as ratings). (BR 184836)
  • Render the lyrics applet correctly with dark color schemes. (BR 183037)
  • When turning on a dynamic playlist, automatically populate the playlist if it is empty. (BR 183968)
  • Don't crash if using an invalid codec name AmarokLyricsScript conversion functions. (BR 185540)
  • Actually stop playback if we encounter too many errors.
  • The collection scanner no longer sucks quite as much.
  • A full rescan is no longer necessary after disconnecting/reconnecting an external harddrive.
  • Fix issue with files being deleted when Organize Collection is run without selecting a collection root. (BR 184410)
  • Dynamic playlist weight's are now saved correctly. (BR 184304)
  • Fix using "Copy to Collection" to download Magnatune.com preview tracks. (BR 183328)
  • Correct behaviour when queuing in a filtered playlist. (BR 180477)
  • Do not break up grouping in the playlist when editing (all but album) tags.
  • QtScript correctly writes the tags of tracks metadata it changes. (BR 182667)
  • Fix "Stop Playing After Track". (BR 180486)
  • Fix switching tracks in random tracks mode. (BR 176019)
  • Fix grouping of Stream and File meta objects. This affects many cases, Such as when loading a playlist containing tracks from a scripted service.
  • Fixed crash on exit when collection scan has been aborted. (BR 176870)
  • Fixed an infinite loop bug when using title case conversion in Guess Tags. (BR 180164)
  • Don't show the rating widget for tracks which are not in the collection. (BR 180023)
  • The negation operator works in the collection browser filter.

Comments

One thing I find lacking in Amarok 2...

For me, the most important thing in a music player is the ability to play music. Which is something that Amarok 2 does not do at all. I cannot even add files to a playlist.

On the other hand, the UI looks quite nice.

Amazing!

Great job!!!!!
Now I can tell that I AM REALLY rediscovering my music! It's not a player anymore, it's a marvel of technology!!
I love Amarok!

Broken Dependencies in Jaunty

I'm very much looking forward to installing this release on my Jaunty install but have unmet dependencies after adding the PPA repository.
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
amarok: Depends: amarok-common (= 2:2.0.90mysql5.1.30-0ubuntu1~jaunty1~ppa2) but 2:2.0.90mysql5.1.30-0ubuntu1~jaunty1~ppa1 is to be installed
E: Broken packages

same trouble

same trouble

Same dependancy problem

How can we install 2.1beta and fix the dependancy problem on Jaunty 64bit edition?

Thanks for your help.

You will have to wait until

You will have to wait until the package is build on the server. There is currently a long queue on the Kubuntu build server the package is build on.

dude, why don't you try

dude, why don't you try amarok-nightly from Neon?
amarok.kde.org/en/node/482

no jaunty

I'm having the same issue with dependencies on a 64bit kubuntu. Would like to try Neon but from what I can tell they don't have Jaunty packages.

They really don't have a

They really don't have a jaunty version, but you can use intrepid normally (which I'm using).

This beta has almost

This beta has almost everything I need to use.
The problem is... it's a Beta yet! =D
Great job guys!

I'm pretty sure the problems below will be fixed until the real 2.1 release.

* Queue organization (Something like "Album X" - musics 1, 2, 3 - "Album y" - 1, 2, 3 - "Album x" - 4, 5, 6), I don't know if it's really a problem, or a configuration though.
* Lyrics Applet broken.
* Use cover art from local music folder or embed in a Mp3 file.

almost happy with Amarok 2.1

amarok 2.1 is now very usable, I am sure that at the latest in 1 year no one will miss amarok 1.* anymore, because the new amarok is simply much better :)

Here for the few things still left that i dislike:

- The "current track" applet is very uggly. I miss possibilities to configure it. For example, I do not use the rating of songs, so why should those stars be displayed? I also don't care about whow often I heard a particular track. I would like to be able to remove that items from the current track applet. I also would like to be able to change the background color and the font(-size) used...

- wikipedia applet: this applet is needless if you can't search on the wikipedia of other countries. I'm hearing much world music, and even the very big german wikipedia does not contain informations on all the bands i'm listening to. How is it for people of smaller countries, which do not have a such complete wikipedia?

- I miss the search for ID3 Tags on MusicBrainz very much. I hope we will get this function back very soon. But I understand that it is complicated to implement it in such a way that you can fill tags of whole albums in one step...

- The GUI does not really respond while the collection gets updated, that was better in the 1.* series.

Apart from that, a little bit more stability would be ok too, but I think "only time will tell" ;)
Great work guys!

Albums applet

Hi guys,

Will it be possible to configure how much space Album applet takes?
It makes little sense forcing users to scroll the list of their albums when there's plenty of space on screen that can be used.
An option like "take x% of the space" or "fill" for applets would be most welcome :)

Thanks for your great work.

I still wonder what the

I still wonder what the reason was for shifting away from the flat GUI of version 1.4.x. Remember why Google is the preferred search engine? Because users don't have to fiddle with a fancy interface, just typing the search term is enough. Sorry, but it doesn't warm my heart spending 3 hours to adapt to a new 'look and feel' every time i update my favourite music player. It just unnecessarily kills my time. Pretty disappointing ...

Last.fm scrobbler

When 2.1 was out, Last. fm scrobbling got fixed. And on sunday it went back down. Maybe last.fm changed the code again? I'm running SVN version 960047.

Sorry. I was wrong. My

Sorry. I was wrong. My mistake. You can delete my stupid comment.

Suggestions

This may sound a bit short-worded but I'm just trying to be to the point. So, here are a final few suggestions that will make Amarok 2 pass the quality of Amarok 1.4 and be the uncontested number one:

1. The middle-bottom is the perfect place to put a song queue list. I don't need lyrics to trance songs, but being able to dj a little by managing the queue would be awesome.
2. Skins! I don't mean more options to move applets, but really a list of designs that don't even look like they're the same application. Then just make an Amarok 1.4-like skin to end all nagging forever. I really hope this is possible in the current codebase.

These two are enough already. The following is just a list of random thoughts:

1. Applets should be resizable
2. The cancel button in prompts doesn't cancel anything
3. What about a new button to "Apply changes to playlist" (with confirmation)?
4. Maybe also a button to "Load playlist"?
5. Dynamic playlists are very counter-intuitive. What about a "Simple Condition" that is basically a 100% proportional bias?
6. No way I will fill all the space in "My Playlists". Two alternatives:
- 6a. Instead of one tab taking all the place, divide screen estate between Dynamic and Static playlists.
- 6b. Show dynamic playlists too, and make the list look a bit like the playlist on the right (with ratings/comments/number of songs/...). Detach the current "Dynamic Playlists" tab into a window that pops up when you edit a dynamic playlist, or as an applet.
7. Tags
8. Like "Various Artists", make something like "Singles" that groups all singles by an artist.
9. A "DJ Applet", with simple things like a few effects (like karaoke) and an Equalizer.
10. An applet manager that works like the current script manager and lets you create applets like you edit scripts.

The above are of course only a wandering of my mind while I wrote this post. Read them and pick those you like, these are not the 10 holy commandments. I'm only trying to help my bit.

As a closing note, I really love Amarok 2! Keep going!

some script errors

great work on this version :D

I got errors with the scripts lyricswiki, amarok script console and librivox (coolstreams works) and cant add more scripts (it says that i added but dont show in the list)

this was installed by the ppa for ubuntu jaunty (cant make from source cos the qt script infinite errors dont let me)

somebody else got this error? (im thinking that could be the qtscript that is not on ppa and cant compiled from source, at least by me ^^'' )

Collection scan fixed?

Has the collection scan bug been fixed in 2.1 (Beta)?
I tried Amarok 2 for the first time about two months ago and it just ignored about half my collection, no matter how many times I scanned it. When I asked about it I was told that some people had the problem but bobody seemed too pushed about figuring it out or fixing it.

Leaving that aside, what are the main attractions for Amarok 2 as opposed to 1.4?

Yes, we have made many fixes

Yes, we have made many fixes to the collection scanning code. People seem to have less problems with it now, overall.

Don't let the conservative

Don't let the conservative hate get you down - the new Amarok 2 interface is very slick and very usable.

similar artists

Is the "similar artists" from 1.4 all ready there?

Will there be a feature to

Will there be a feature to make the playlist have columns again so I can sort on i.e. Title, Artist, or Album? This has been the one thing that has been keeping from upgrading to 2.x.

Yes and no. In 2.1.0 you can

Yes and no.

In 2.1.0 you can use the Playlist Layout Manager (http://amarok.kde.org/blog/archives/876-Playlist-Layout-Editor.html) to make the playlist look much like the 1.4.x playlist. Sorting is not yet implemented though. The good news is that we just had a Goggle Sumer of Code project accepted that will remedy this. Since the amarok 2.1.0 playlist really does not have "columns" as such (it can fake it though), sorting is going to be a bit different, but also much more powerful. You can read about the plans for Multilevel sorting and other playlist goodies here: http://socghop.appspot.com/student_project/show/google/gsoc2009/kde/t124...

FLAC support

Does this release support FLAC music files "nicely?" With "nicely" I mean FLAC files are seekable and there is no 2-3-second cut at the end of the playing FLAC file.

FLAC

I had the same issue. I have five media clients in different areas of my home that access content stored on a media server. All of my music is encoded in FLAC.

Not only would the "improved" Amarok not play my music properly, it would no longer play files located on the remote server unless the share was mounted first.

It's easy enough to mount shares automatically at startup (although I think many users might not find it intuitive) which I typically do anyway so that was no big deal.

The inability of an open source music player to properly play an open source format (for whatever reason) and the inability or unwillingness of the developers to address the issue was a deal breaker.

After upgrading all of my clients to Jaunty I removed Amarok and installed Exaile. It works perfectly with all formats, supports Shoutcast, playlists and radio streams, and will play music from a server without mounting the shares first if that is what you want. I also find the more understated interface in Exaile easier to use in my application (multi-room audio clients). I simply want to listen to music. The rest is fluff. I use Amarok once in a while on my office PC to peruse Magnatunes, but that is pretty much it.

It seems that Amaroks new Fischer-Price GUI came at the expense of core functionality. Too bad, the old version was great.

Nope, Amarok can't play anything

I'm not joking here: Amarok itself cannot play any media, not even WAV. Nor can it play MP3 or FLAC.

Hint:
We delegate. You're barking up the wrong tree.

Hint 2:
Adding a "seek-table" to your FLACs should solve many problems. Just google for it.

Delegate this...

"Wrong tree" or not, it was a valid question. The primary job of any music player to to reproduce music. If Amarok cuts off three seconds of a piece of music and other players don't, Amarok is an inferior application.

If you can't or won't resolve the problem at your end, say so and stop wasting peoples time.

Your cute answers are as worthless as your cute interface.

great improvement but...

As a classical music listener I have really appreciated the cue sheets support. I installed amarok beta 1 on opensuse 11.1 and evrything seems to run very smoothly. I think, nonetheless, that Cue sheet support could be enhanced, i.e. allowing amarok to recognize each track in a cue sheet as an independent track in the collection. I noticed, moreover, that amarok seems to have some problems in managing both cue sheets and lastfm (tracks in cue sheets are simply not srcobbled in lastfm as if they weren't correctly identified by amarok).

Two major (at least for me) desiderata: an equalizer and a cd support...

In the works...

CD support is in the works for 2.2 ( or perhaps even sooner, not for 2.1.0 though ). And this time its CD support done right!

Broken download link

The download link for the source package ATM isn't working for me!
Here it is: http://amarok.kde.org/wiki/unstable/amarok/2.0.90/src/amarok-2.0.90.tar.bz2

Import of Amarok 1.4 DB still broken

Basically Amarok is progressing nicely .... But: A working import of an Amarok 1.4 database would be nice ... especially star ratings. But also aside from star ratings, it mostly seems broken. At least I couldn't find any successfully imported play count or whatever. In the dialog I see only lines "Importing -" and only occasionally a track title flying by. It would be cool if that migration thing could get a little priority boost ...

Motivation/resources problem

See, most of our core developers haven't used Amarok 1.x in years (about 3 years for me), and we don't have old collections from 1.x around either. So we experience a certain lack of motivation, and we also have a lack of material to work with.

This is exactly one situation where we would welcome patches from outside a lot, as we do realize that the issue is important to our users. There is a huge disparity in use cases between users and developers here :)

You said that right

You said that (last sentence) right. Unfortunately, all you said is correct and I only wish it isn't.

I've been lurking around Amarok 2 development news but still didn't try it. I'm on Debian unstable and KDE4 (4.2) recently got there, substituting KDE3 completely and I still haven't upgraded. I see there's still no Amarok 2 in Debian, but boy do I hope some good soul finds enough motivation to fix this, IMHO (or I should say in my user case) a *very* important thing.

What I feel sorry about he most is that these disparities (not just between users and devs, but users as well) are so huge that I haven't seen anybody even mention this exact thing before. I mean for me this one thing is a complete deal-breaker in terms of updating to Amarok 2. I'm going to have to postpone updating as much as possible since Amarok 1.4 still serves me right and updating to Amarok 2 would actually feel like *moving* away from Amarok (and installing a completely separate application like Rhythmbox) because it would feel I'm loosing stuff, not gaining.

Again, in my particular user case this is a grave bug (even bigger than the 1.4 playlist missing initially from 2.0; now I see how unimportant that really is ;)) and I'm really sorry it currently seems nothing will be done about it.

I'm in the same situation,

I'm in the same situation, and have said it more than once. There's a bug (#174269) opened that unfortunately doesn't receive much attention. I'd be more than happy helping debugging and testing a fix, my library could be a good use case as it's kinda biggish with loads of tracks, ratings, playcounts, album covers... basically 5 years worth of it; I'm no big c++ dev so I can't really help with code.

Thank you guys for your

Thank you guys for your work
I hope that the 2.1 version will be able to select more than a folder when using "add media", to be able to add all the sub folders and files in a single click, without selecting every directory every time

2.1 beta deb package?

Hi,
anybody knows if a deb package (Jaunty, Lenny, Sid, any) for version 2.1 beta already exists?

For Jaunty 9.04 add repo deb

For Jaunty 9.04

add repo
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/kubuntu-experimental/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/kubuntu-experimental/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main

update apps database
sudo apt-get update

install apps
sudo apt-get install ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg libxine1-ffmpeg phonon-backend-xine amarok

if you're using gnome install language pack (replace pl with your country code)
sudo apt-get install language-pack-kde-pl-base
sudo apt-get install language-pack-kde-pl

source
http://forum.ubuntu.pl/showthread.php?t=98670

there are the repository : ##

there are the repository :

## Kubuntu Experimental
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/kubuntu-experimental/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/kubuntu-experimental/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main

add in your /etc/apt/sources.list

Thank you very much for the

Thank you very much for the info!
They should put that news in the Kubuntu web page.

crashes

Unfortunately, the build from there segfaults immediately on my Jaunty. Is there any place where I can file a bugreport crashes for this repository. As it's not official, I guess that Ubuntu's Launchpad or KDE's bugzilla are not the right places.

Oh, sorry, it seems that it

Oh, sorry, it seems that it happened only on the first start. Now it's working correctly, I just had to delete current playlist I had from 2.0.2.

Moodbar support

Hi,

I really miss the moodbar that was present in Amarok 1. Is there any plan to bring it back?

mee too :/

mee too :/

Drag and Drop

I really miss the ability to drag stuff from an amarok playlist to a dolphin window.

Why can't we do that? It would make putting music on my PSP or a USB stick a lot easier.

I entirely agree

That is the #1 reason feature it's missing for me right now compared to 1.4.

Good to see that amarok2 is

Good to see that amarok2 is coming along. I did not have the opportunity to test it myself, but from reading the changelog, I keep wondering: Support for USB Mass Storage is not mentioned. Won't we see this for 2.1? What are the plans?

Unfortunately USB Mass

Unfortunately USB Mass Storage support will not make it into 2.1.0. We hope to get a Google Summer of Code project this year that will improve the media device support, including adding full support for USB devices. So we are aware that it is something that is sorely missing and we are trying to get it added as quickly as possible.

Thanks for the information.

Thanks for the information. Good to know that the devs are aware and on it. Keep up the good work! This will keep me waiting.

On another note: Not that I depend on it, but it was nice to have visualizations in amarok1. I think I read somewhere (though I might be mistaken) that re-implementation of visualizations depends on the development of phonon. Is this already on the horizon?

Visualizations...

...do indeed depend on a Phonon feature that needs to be implemented, yes. Fortunately there's also a SoC project for this, so this will likely become reality this summer.

I'd really like to have GOOM

I'd really like to have GOOM back.