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Amarok 1.4.9.1 - a we still love you release


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We, the Amarok team, are busy developing the upcoming Amarok 2 series. Our 1.4 users are anything but forgotten: we have another bugfix release of the Fast Forward 1.4 series.

Amazon informed us about changes in their system that affected cover fetching in Amarok. We changed the necessary bits and pieces in Amarok to ensure that you can download covers for your favourite albums again.

All of our translations have been improved and various small bugs have been squashed.

Amarok developer Mark Kretschmann says, "There are no more bugs in Amarok 1.4.  It is perfect, like a lotus flower.  In fact, we think we may cancel development on Amarok 2.0, as there is no point...you can't improve upon perfection."

Have fun with Amarok 1.4.9.1 Fast Forward.
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Yeah, I was wondering why I couldn't fetch covers from Amazon anymore. Thanks for fixing this!

Also wondered about that. I hope it works now. :-)
But Amazon also changed their agreement, and now they do not allow some things like caching the covers. Is this still available in Amarok?

I feel so loved...

I was going to install this and then I noticed I already had it, haha. Amarok is awesome.

Jeff, you missed one bug it seems, I've got reported a build failure with GCC 4.3.0 and Helix engine...

Helix engine isn't really recommended anyway at this point, so this isn't a biggie imho.

Yeah, I didn't actually say that quote.

Awesome! Also had problems with Amazon covers, fixed now ^_^

Does this release integrate support for the iPod Classic?

THANKS FOR THE FIX!! :D

I know you have a lot on your plate, but:
Will Amazon music store be integrated in future releases?
(no rush, but I think it would be a great idea. -> It might result in free publicity by Amazon for Amarok if they endorse it for their store. That would be swell!!!! :D )

i'm running ubuntu 7.10, and 1.4.9.1 doesnt appear in the repositories, even when i have all the ubuntu repos enabled... any ideas?

same problem here

Amarok 1.4.9.1 seems to be available only in the Ubuntu Hardy repositories for now.

just install from source

Hmmm... anyone else having problems fetching covers for Bands with Umlauts or similar characters (é or ø)?

Source files installed and worked flawlessly!! Now I can get my cover art agian. Keep up the great work guys

How about including the changelog in the release announcement?

Seconded, new releases just arn't as fun without knowing what's in them.

Today I tried to donate 5 USD to Amarok project, but i dont got add my card in paypal [sucks!]. Its too hard appears someone to donate and when appears its too hard to donate hauehuae.

Why doesn't this come up in the pre-compiled sources? (latest version that was available to download was amarok 1.4.8) Is it because they haven't been compiled yet?

Sorry for asking such a lame question (I'm fairly new to linux), but how do you get this on Xubuntu? I have 1.4.7 right now, and that's the latest one showing up in Synaptic Package Manager.

Hmm. Looks like the Kubuntu page hasn't been updated to show this latest release (maybe packages aren't available yet for Kubuntu). However, if you click Download, then Kubuntu, you will be able to install the 1.4.8 release of Amarok.

As it is, the general policy with the regular Ubuntu repositories, as I understand it, is in general not to include major release updates of packages. This was the case with firefox for ages, and if you wanted the latest version of firefox, you needed to download a package from somewhere else. One solution to this, but I think with slightly less guaranteed stability/security, is to include the backports repository in your apt/synaptic. Backports is where newer upgrades of packages are 'ported back' to the current stable Ubuntu version, in order to allow users to get the latest versions of their packages, even when these are not necessarily in the main ubuntu repos.

For more info about backports, see https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuBackports

Ah, thanks for the info. Unfortunately, it was specifically 1.4.9 (with the album art fix) that I wanted - any idea when the backports will support that one?

Great to see you still supporting this wonderful version. I can't wait till 2.0 is stable.

Please, add 1.4.9.1 to Gutsy repositories

Please: add it. I can't afford the migration to 8.04 because some graphic card issues. Guess many other laying in the same condition...

Best regards and thanks for you music.
Luca

"There are no more bugs in Amarok 1.4. It is perfect, like a lotus flower. In fact, we think we may cancel development on Amarok 2.0, as there is no point...you can't improve upon perfection."

Dudes. I have to second this emotion. Amarok 1.4 is amazingly usable. I used to think Media Jukebox in the M$ Windoze world was the best media player. That was before I discovered the context features in Amarok. Also, since I have several computers in my house, having a centralized PostgreSQL database is head and shoulders above anything I could ever purchase.

You guys rock!

"There are no more bugs in Amarok 1.4. It is perfect, like a lotus flower. In fact, we think we may cancel development on Amarok 2.0, as there is no point...you can't improve upon perfection."

Dudes. I have to second this emotion. Amarok 1.4 is amazingly usable. I used to think Media Jukebox in the M$ Windoze world was the best media player. That was before I discovered the context features in Amarok. Also, since I have several computers in my house, having a centralized PostgreSQL database is head and shoulders above anything I could ever purchase.

You guys rock!

"M$ Windoze"

Grow up. You make all of us other Linuxers look bad.

In Debian Testing, last update (08-Ago-2008):

The "Resume Playback on start" is broken, say have a "Disable point script error".