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Amarok 2.9.0 "Hibernaculum" released

As it may be customary for the upcoming season the Amarok team did some spring cleaning and is proud to announce the immediate release of Amarok 2.9.0. While we realize that the clock has run out on KDELibs 4 and Qt 4, we wanted to bring 20+ bug fixes from 18 contributors to our users before the next major release will harness all the shiny new things provided by Qt 5 and KDE Frameworks 5. In fact, the port is already progressing nicely in the Git 'kf5' branch, which is soon to become the new ‘master’ branch. We welcome everybody willing to help out to check out the source code and improve the next major version of Amarok!

List of important changes since 2.8.90:

- Fixed "Open Last-fm webpage" of similar artist (https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=354849)
- VFAT-safe file and directory names cannot end with dot (https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=388465)
- Fixed transcoding to AAC format by switching to the latest 'aac' ffmpeg encoder (https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=374670)
- Fix crash during musicbrainz search (https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=328359)
- Fix Gpodder credential service without kwallet (https://git.reviewboard.kde.org/r/122797/)
- Fix Bug 302299 - Autoscrolling Lyrics are scrolling down if a song is rated via Context Browser's Current Track (https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=302299)
- Fix Collection Browser auto-expand after search expanding too little (https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=335217)
- Fix MPRIS2 DesktopEntry value (https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=365275)
- Organize tracks / Guess tags presets persisted properly (https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=226144)
- Use transparent background for lyrics browser (https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=314854)
- Handle numeric fields properly in filter creation dialogs (https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=341661)
- Substitute deprecated MySQL option --myisam-recover (https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=354255)
- Disable non SSL connections in wikipedia applet (https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=348313)
- Fix build with gcc6 (https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=363054)
- Fix untranslatable string in Organize Collection Dialog (https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=331443)
- Fix for the infinite loop in case a home-burned or old audio CD is inserted (https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=339190)
- Fix tabs applet and change it to use https (https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=358408)
- Fix Taglib version check (https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=351013)
- Fix amarok build with LibOFA using ffmpeg 3+ (https://git.reviewboard.kde.org/r/129626)
- Make Qt4Webkit optional (https://phabricator.kde.org/D10923)

List of changes since 2.8.0: https://amarok.kde.org/en/node/887

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Amarok 2.9 Beta Release

The Amarok team is proud to announce the immediate availability of the result of 2 years of hard work, the beta release of Amarok 2.9. This release is marked by improvements, corrections and polishing of nearly all Amarok features. Everybody is encouraged to test this beta release thoroughly so that we can release rock-solid Amarok 2.9 final. While this version has been thoroughly tested on our systems, we welcome additional tests by our users, as we simply can't cover all possible use-cases.

We still have two blocker bugs, a major one which sends Amarok into a loop:

  • KDE bug 339190 in amarok (Collections/CD) "amarok falls into endless loop if certain audioCDs are inserted
  • and a regression:

  • KDE bug 349313 in amarok (Context View/Wikipedia) "Wikipedia redirects not handled correctly when SSL is disabled for the widget."
  • We welcome help fixing these bugs so we can do a 2.9 release. This will be the last Qt4/KDE4.x based release, as new work porting Amarok to Qt5 and Plasma5 is waiting in the wings!

    Some of the reworked areas that that you should try out and test:

  • a new collection version, make sure to not interrupt an eventual rescan
  • new statistics synchronization between Amarok collections and Amarok 1.4, Amarok 2.x, Clementine, Banshee, Rythmbox and Apple iTunes
  • new ASCII analyzer option in the analyzer widget
  • and many more. Plus, multiple bugfixes! The complete ChangeLog can be found in the source code here: ChangeLog.

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    Amarok 2.8 "Return To The Origin" released

    Amarok 2.8 Screenie

    It's the wonderful month of August and the Amarok Team is back with a very strong release. Amarok 2.8 is titled "Return To The Origin" as we are bringing back the polish that many users loved from the original 1.x series! The new Amarok is more fun to use, it's rock solid, and it has exciting new features.

    This is also the release that sees the return of the project founder, Mark Kretschmann, and together our reunited team has created the best Amarok version yet. These are some of the highlights:

    • A fancy audio analyzer visualization applet
    • Smooth fade-out when pausing music
    • Many UI improvements and visual tweaks including better support for alternate color themes
    • Significantly enhanced MusicBrainz tagger
    • Power management awareness with a pair of new configuration options
    • Performance optimizations and responsiveness tuning all over Amarok

    This release also features the first code contributions by our current Google Summer of Code students: please welcome Anmol Ahuja, Konrad Zemek and Tatjana Gornak. Our release manager Matěj Laitl takes part in GSoC as well.

    Many more candidates have applied for GSoC internships, sadly we were not able to accept them all. But our thanks go to Vedant Agarwala who has contributed a lot of patches and continues to improve Amarok.

    Outside the GSoC applications we also welcome new contributions by Harsh Gupta, Martin Brodbeck and Alberto Villa. In addition, Nick Adams has done a lot of work updating the Handbook. Thanks a lot, guys!

    See full article for download options and a full change log.

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