Amarok 2.4.2 Beta 1 "Nightshade" Released

This has been a busy spring and early summer in Amarok-land. Developers met up in Randa, Switzerland and sprinted with a lot of other KDE teams, including KDE Multimedia. Besides lots of good times, much coding progress and bugfixing was done too. You will immediately notice a new streamlined look, and some nice background graphics. The other big change is in dynamic playlists.

One we have been waiting for: drag and drop on Collections, to copy or move within Local Music, and also directly from the Playlist. We also got patches for various bugs and wishes: one can now configure the names of Podcast episodes, thanks to Sandeep Raghuraman, and automatic scrolling in the Lyrics applet is possible, thanks to Jan Gerrit Marker. Good news for classical music listeners, you now have the option to scrobble the composer as artist in Last.fm, thanks to Nicholas Wilson.
We also have an updated dynamic playlist which should be easier to understand. Some of the functionality changes are: New AlbumPlay example playlist, a Quiz-play bias that will pick a song that starts with the same character the last one ended with, preventing duplicate tracks.
And of course we have quite a few bug-fixes, and changes under the skin. The changelog below gives a fairly complete overview of the changes in this beta release. Please help us test it and get it ready for prime-time.







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Changelog for Version 2.4.2 Beta 1

Features

  • Made Amarok compile with the Clang LLVM frontend.
  • Enable drag and drop on collections to copy/move within Local Music and directly from the playlist. (BR 223400)
  • Added KNotify scripting interface. (BR 260750)
  • Make podcast episodes download filename configurable. Patch by Sandeep Raghuraman. (BR 155075)
  • Automatic scrolling in lyrics applet (Thanks to Jan Gerrit Marker)
  • Option to scrobble composer as artist to Last.fm (Thanks to Nicholas Wilson)
  • Option to hide the OSD if another window is taking the full screen

Changes

  • Again write back ratings only if option is selected.
  • Moved the queue-editor action to the main menu under playlist to save space. Queue editor now has a shortcut: Meta+U.
  • Removed the redo action from the playlist toolbar to make it less wide.
  • Made some playlist toolbar actions collapse into a menu button for use on small screens.
  • Removed the statusbar. Moved progress info & messages to the Media Sources dock.
  • Removed the preview button and checkbox from the organize collection dialog.
  • General user interface cleanup (addition of browser widget backgrounds, etc.)
  • Removed the add button in the context toolbar. Applet explorer is opened on config.
  • Easier to understand Dynamic playlists
  • Made Amarok depend ffmpeg-0.6 or newer.
  • Use KImageCache if possible (kdelibs 4.5.0 and later), which should reduce the number of cache-related crashes.

Bugfixes

  • Don't let the album applet freeze Amarok for ages on track change. (BR260810, BR277021)
  • Fixed cover fetching from Google Images. (BR 275265)
  • Fixed a crash in the equalizer dialog when selecting "Off".
  • Fix finalization of track copy process to media device collections. (BR238912) Patch by Tommaso Falchi Delitala.
  • Fixed crash on MusicBrainz search. (BR 274956)
  • Avoid crash in ContextView when accessing Plasma::Applet::view(). (BR 258741)
  • Fixed playlist tooltip getting too tall for multiline comments. (BR 256038)
  • Made equalizer keywords (dB,kHz,...) translatable. (BR 263572)
  • Made equalizer preset names translatable. (BR 263596)
  • Fixed runtime error reporting of scripts. (BR 207409)
  • Fixed "Happy" moodbar theme. (BR 264432)
  • Fixed crash for invalid scripts trying to be stopped by the manager. (BR 268917)
  • Fixed collection menu items ordering. (BR 207007)
  • Fixed top level podcast location setting. (BR 263736)
  • Fixed double-clicking in collection using left-handed mouse setting. (BR 272360)


Comments

This sounds really great and

This sounds really great and I think it will go over really well. With the ever-changing technology, it is great to see something come out that seems to be user friendly. I hope to read more soon.

OMG! The new filter is so

OMG! The new filter is so awesome! At last I have a hope at playing songs that I want exactly the way that I want. Flexibility is the key! You are on the correct path. Can't wait for stable.

Currently is not possible to

Currently is not possible to create a dynamic playlist that will have only songs that have never been played and songs that were played more than 2 weeks ago. I suppose, the new version will make this possible.

Is there a way to change the

Is there a way to change the awful colour scheme?

It's using KDE's color scheme

Yes, just got the KDE system settings and search for color. There you can change it.
A quick way to get at it from the command line:
kcmshell4 colors

If you find a combination you find prettier, I would not mind a screenshot :)
Greets.

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Hm?

Sadly the screenshot is in Russian (?) and I have no idea what you want to tell us. :-)

Also sometimes it just don't

Also sometimes it just don't show pictures at all, but you can see that 49 photos was found.
http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/7136/256u.png

You can see that maximal

You can see that maximal allowed images amount was set as 50 items, but amarok has 185 pictures loaded instead. It happens in case when you change tracks fast. I mean, that when you turn first track to play — amarok start pictures loading for that track and if you will change track before amarok will finish downloading this will cause some pictures widget lags and bugs. Try to experiment with it and you will see it.

The good: I like the new

The good: I like the new Dynamic playlist settings layout :D

The bad: the scripts and the internet services are currently completely broken. So better don't install this amarok version if you rely on them!

Even i liked the dynamic

Even i liked the dynamic playlist setting layout but did not like change of removing of preview button and checkbox from organise collection dialog.

About the broken services

The progress on this issue can be tracked in this bug report: https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=277351

fixed

Internet services have just been fixed a few hours ago: https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=277351

Services broken

Yes, we've just noticed these regressions ourselves. We are currently looking at the source of the problem and fixing it. git bisect to the rescue.

Is the 'Crossfading' &

Is the 'Crossfading' & 'Gapless' & 'ReplayGain' .... feature out there?
Those are the features most people care, it is a music/audio Player first, then the other fancy features.....
Come on, Amarok ! Please, Amarok !

ReplayGain

ReplayGain has been available for at least a year. You must have your files tagged with replaygain tags, of course. Settings > Set ReplayGain mode.

Sorry for my mistake. Yes,

Sorry for my mistake. Yes, ReplayGain already there. My fault, Sorry.

Call for gapless playback testers

Gapless playback will be

Gapless playback will be there with the next release of the Phonon GStreamer Backend (see: http://wm161.net/2011/05/22/phonon-gstreamer-retooling/)

I for one don't really care

I for one don't really care about gapless playback or crossfading. Sure let's have it but it's not something I've every really felt a need for. If you think it's so important, might I suggest using another media player and not bother posting on the Amarok release announcements.

Well, some of us do

Try listening to something like the 'Tales of Mystery and Imagination' by the Alan Parsons Project or 'Six Degrees Of Innter Turbulence' by Dream Theater without it, even the slightest pause between tracks is so jarring it almost physically hurts. For fans of progressive music this feature is non-optional.

Jeremy, don't do this to us.

Jeremy, don't do this to us. Especially if you're a Amarok developer(I guessed that from git log of Amarok).

Maybe the way i expressed was not candy enough. But i do love Amarok, I used it from version 1.x, i always show it to my friends who use Windows/Mac, i recommand people to give Amarok a try, i would like it to be the best player. I hope Amarok team could listen/hear/accept users suggestion & proposals.

In the mean time i use Clementine, those people listen to it's user, and it works well on Windows/Linux/Mac OS X.
I try a lot to run Amarok on my Mac OS X powered macbook, it is very difficult, and it was very unstable, all kinds of crash, but the homepage of Amarok declare it works on Windows/Mac/Linux ....

All my hope, with crossfading & gapless features and enhance the stability issue, and fix the known bugs, i think Amarok will be the perfect player for us.
I feel a little bit sad as a sincere Amarok user.

Sorry for my english.

I like the content off

I like the content off article.
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MacOS testing

One of the reasons we don't have stability on the MacOS is a lack of testers. Please start filing detailed bugs! We can't fix what we don't know about. It would help to have a Mac-using developer as well. Any volunteers?

This is how free software is made and perfected, folks. Interested users who are willing to file bugs, write patches, and even step up to the developer level. Please don't feel sad -- help us out!

I'm not an Amarok developer.

I'm not an Amarok developer. Just wanted to make that clear.

Nice, I'll give it a try...

Nice, I'll give it a try... sadly I doubt it allows to "filter by path" in the playlist.
This was actually the best feature of 1.4... seriously this is what's making me stick to 1.4

You are right

Sadly, this is not possible in Amarok 2. You can search the collection using "filename:fubar", which includes not only the file name itself, but also the directories.