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.
Join us in Amarok'ing in a Free World!
The full ChangeLog since 2.0.2 is about a mile long and follows below:
- 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
- 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"
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Many small visual tweaks for greater consistency and better use of screen
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- QtScript correctly writes the tags of tracks metadata it changes.
- 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
- 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.
- Don't show the rating widget for tracks which are not in the collection.
- The negation operator works in the collection browser filter.