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Amarok 2.2.2 "Maya Gold" Released

A Happy New Year to all of you! We hope you all had a nice holiday season, ate yummy meals and enjoyed some quality time with your family and friends. While doing exactly the same as everybody, the Amarok developers did also sneak out in the middle of the night to sit at their computers and add a bugfix here, a usability improvement there, and polish all around to make sure you will truly enjoy our new release: Amarok 2.2.2!

As already announced for the beta release, we focused on improvements and bugfixes, but let us remind you of the new features in this release first: The Custom Labels are back and allow you to add your personal touch to your music. Another new addition that will add quite some color to your music experience: the moodbar makes his entry in the 2.2 series so you can change the progress bar to fit with your current mood, be this normal, angry, frozen or just happy :) To help you setting this up we prepared a wiki page with the necessary instructions. Editing the lyrics is made much easier now since you can just click on the lyrics applet, press F2 and you can correct the misspelled words and occasional mis-hearings :) A little tweak in the settings page of the applet allows you to also change the font settings. You always wanted to see the Beats Per Minute of a track? You can now edit, filter and sort your music by that criteria.

The podcasts section has seen many new features and improvements, since you can now show the HTML information for podcasts supporting it, import podcast subscriptions from OPML and gain some considerable memory usage by limiting the simultaneous download to a maximum of four as well as modify the update interval in the configuration file. The grouping of podcasts has improved and you now also have automatically downloaded logos for each subscription. Already existing files are not downloaded again and you can remove downloaded episodes when removing a subscription..

We also made some small changes to streamline some functionality: The Playlist Layout Editor is now part of the Tools menu in the menu bar, while the playlist actions are at the bottom of the playlist panel. This has the big advantage to see immediately if you did activate a random, repeat and/or favor mode by a visual indicator.

There are many more features to discover, many changes and an impressive list of bugfixes in this release. Below are the changes since the release of 2.2.2 Beta 1. Let us just mention one other important change: Amarok now depends on KDE 4.3.x and Qt 4.5. Expect a few very nice new things in the month to come, while we will be making use of the many new features provided by those KDE and Qt versions.




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Changes since 2.2.2 Beta 1

  • The inline playlist editor now also allows resizing of auto sized items that are invisible because fixed sized items already use up 100% width.
  • Enhanced the playlist sorting breadcrumb items to separately highlight the order inversion arrow on hover. (BR 209011)
  • The automatic character set detection for tags has been disabled; it caused too many problems with legitimate UTF-8 tags. It can be re-enabled from Settings->Collection. (Many BRs)
  • Dynamic mode is now automatically disabled when replacing the playlist. (BR 214759)
  • The collection search filter now also searches for file names as a fallback. Patch by Andreas Hartmetz .

Bugfixes

  • Fixed crash with dangling pointer on trying to play a media device track whose collection no longer exists. (BR 210477)
  • Fixed loading MusicBrainz-tagged tracks in dynamic playlists. (BR 219902)
  • Fixed MusicBrainz-tagged tracks not being restored in the playlist upon restart.
  • Fixed incorrect display of rich text in applet header text. (BR 220714)
  • Fixed GUI freezing after mounting and during parse of media devices. (BR 180520)
  • Fixed occasional crash when custom biases go awry. (BR 219888)
  • Fixed missing icons in the drag overlay menu.
  • More reliable MimeType detection for music formats. Patch by Rafa? Rzepecki <divided.mind@gmail.com>. (BR 219792)
  • Fixed regression causing many scripted services, including the, shipped by default, LibriVox service to not work at all.
  • Fixed corner case that could prevent scans from being completed, manifesting as a regression in 2.2.1. Huge thanks to Christian Kreibichfor his patience and time in helping to debug this.
  • Fixed removing multiple tracks from a saved playlist only removing the first track. (BR 218527)
  • Fixed cancel button not responding when loading thumbnails in the cover manager. (BR 204882)
  • Fixed crash when using the inline playlist editor to resize items containing auto sized elements not shown becuase of all space already being used. (BR 218167)
  • Fixed relative links in wikipedia work. (BR 218512)
  • Fixed multilevel playlist sorting by time since last played so it sorts numerically rather than alphabetically. (BR 214761)
  • Fixed crash with "Edit Track Details" dialog. (BR 217625)
  • Fixed a number of cases where markers such as "current track", "stop after this track" and others would get shown in both group header and the first track in the group. (BR 197842)
  • Fixed regression causing non default moodbar styles to not work.
  • Jamendo.com service: Fixed track lengths not getting shown for most tracks. For existing installs, this requires a redownload of the Jamendo database. (BR 200531)
  • Jamendo.com service: Fixed searches not working because of SQL errors.
  • Jamendo.com service: Removed broken "Unknown" genre which would freeze Amarok if expanded. For existing installs, this requires a redownload of the Jamendo database. (BR 213165)
  • Playback of Audio CD track now correctly stops if track is the last in the playlist. (BR 216175)
  • Fixed crash if user clicks rating widget on the current track applet while no track is playing (which is possible since there is a slight delay before the applet switches "mode"). (BR 215471)
  • Made "Last.fm Love" (and potentially other global actions available for all tracks) correctly show up in the Current Track applet.
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Comments

Great job! Thanks!!

Photo applet seems to be broken here, doesn't show any image !

Archlinux packages.

Knotify seems to be broken too, popup randomly stay up, without hiding it self.

Hello. I have downloaded it yesterday and I have a problem. After I installed it and try to start, nothing happens. It crashed my PC and after I fixed the problem didn't start. Does anybody know what the problem is?
I use openSuse with an athlon 3200+, radeon 9600pro and 1gb ram

Paul

Indeed a great player!!

Thx guys

Is there finally a way to get the old (Amarok 1.4) layout back? I really don't care when Lisa DeBenedictis startet taking piano lessons. And even if I cared I would not need to see this every time I listen to one of her songs. I want more room for the infos in my playlist and/or my music collection.

OK, never mind! I just saw that Mac is still not officially supported.

you can do whatever you want with the layout, this feature was added months ago

How do you do that?

Go to "view" and you'll find "lock layout", unlock it and than do whatever you want.

It may have been added months ago, but I haven't used Amarok for over a year now, as I have switched to Mac and have not gotten a usable install to work. I pretty much gave up on Amarok. It is only due to remembering how much joy Amarok 1.4 gave me that I haven't deleted the RSS feed yet; and due to my deeply despising iTunes. Yet, iTunes has gotten better over the past year (plus I have probably grown accustomed to some of its flaws). I would like to give Amarok another try, too, but I remember how sick 2.0 beta made me and I am not really a fan of MacPorts, which is giving me some hard to track down troubles every now and then.

Because the new layouts are completely user-configurable, you can hobble the power of Amarok2 and make it look just 1 -- if you really want to. The center pane (applets) is dockable or you can just close it if you want. Then lock the layout, and you'll not see it again. Use the menus to unlock the layout and open it again if you change your mind.

We do need a Mac programmer to join the project and help port Amarok2 to Mac. Windows needs some programmer love, too. If you aren't a programmer, chat up your friends who are, and who love music.

Thanks!

just to clarify valorie's point, we do need some more mac devs.

but amarok doesn't need to be ported to the mac. in fact, it works just fine on os x! I use it myself when I am running os x (less and less these days). what is needed is

a) a mac packager to create binaries
b) mac developers to polish the mac experience, possibly write some cocoa code, make the phonon backend (or phonon-vlc) work better

etc.

cheers,
leo

Great job guys, wonderful program :)

Excellent, finally some decent support for the podcasts! now please work on getting podcasts into iPods.
Great work guys, great work.

thanks carlos :)

yeah thx carlos! Thats was what Ive searched for!
thx for help!

Josh

I had a major gripe with my distro for dropping support for Amarok 1.4, while there was no good alternative to a KDE pod catcher.
Now perhaps Amarok 2 can give the same functionality, but if the new grouping means that I can finally organize my podcasts as I was doing it in 1.4, I am too stupid to figure how to do it.

"The collection search filter now also searches for file names as a fallback. Patch by Andreas Hartmetz ." EXCELLENT! For me, this was the feature I missed the most since many of my songs do not have valid tags :-)

I wanna do a party with the amazing amarok 2.2.2, but without crossfade between tracks it is impossible!
So please, please, please, phonon guys help the guys of amarok to reach the top of the Olympus!!!

The problem is, Crossfading is not so much an Amarok issue (we have the code for it in place), but more a Phonon issue. Most backends can't handle it at this point, so we disabled it to be on the safe side.

We are working very hard on a new Phonon backend that should fix all this. Please be patient :)

Rather than total disabling it for everybody, including those who are using the right backends, a better solution would be to let the user turn it on/off from the GUI with a warning and a list of backends that do support it. Please do it!

BTW, what is the status of the new Phonon backend?

Very nice!
But having the changelog from 2.2.1 will make more sense for people that didn't installed beta 1 ( like me :) ).
Keep the great job!

We pondered doing that, but then we were not sure about it. Next time we are probably going to combine both ChangeLog's, I guess. We'll see.

So, am I going to turn into a zombie pirate if I download this release? ;)

Now if only it can open my Creative ZEN without crashing every time ...

This could possibly be a bug in libMTP, we already got countless reports about this. Apparently the ZEN is especially hard to handle, for some reason.

Please try to upgrade to the latest libMTP version (1.0.1), it fixes many bugs.

Why are you trying to fool people into downloading&using Amarok by means of a nice picture?

The nice lady on the picture is Lisa DeBenedictis, one of the very cool independent artists whose music is available through Magnatune.com (http://magnatune.com/artists/debenedictis or, if browsing with konqueror, this link will open the Magnatune service in Amarok and navigate to the artist: amarok://navigate/internet%2FMagnatune.com?filter=artist%3A%22Lisa%20DeBenedictis%22&levels=artist-album )

Since Amarok integrates a Magnatune.com service, all the music from Magnatune is available from with in Amarok, full with artist profiles and pictures, which is what is on the screenshot (notice that the left panel is browsing the Magnatune service, and Lisa DeBenedictis in particular)

So that is how Amarok is related to the nice lady! :-)

fap fap fap (@ Amarok, not the lady)

We only learned about this connection (pr0n star) after releasing. But anyway, it's a funny coincidence :)

(The name comes from a track on Tubular Bells II, a record by Mike Oldfield. Most of our names come from Oldfield.)

Amarok sucks as it always has! As it always will suck as long as the interface and capabilities are modeled on the Itunes app in any way!

Looking much better. Keeps on getting better. Btw, Amarok is, and has always been, one of the best audio players for Linux. I hope you are, in any way, not trying to compare it with its Windows counterparts.

There is a better place for trolling: It's called Youtube. You can write wonderful comments there, all day.

Have fun.

I've actually never used iTunes (as I don't use Apple products for some principal reasons), but looking at screenshots I can't see any special similarity between Amarok and iTunes.
So instead of ranting around you could fill in some wishes on bugs.kde.org or KDE brainstorm in order to approve the usability of Amarok.

you can compare any music player under linux with windows or mac (itunes) applications, for example rhythmbox, quodlibet, banshee, etc... but amarok... where? maybe for the rating system (stars) but that's it! (and by the way amarok first of all uses score)

About thoses stars and scores... What's the difference between the two? I always wondered... The only thing I see is that one is changed when I listen or skip a track, the other not... But i don't understand the reasons for two systems...

amarok don't Auto-Organize music library anymore :'(
what happen to the Auto-Organize feature!!!!!

I can't organize my music folder anymore >:(

First congrats for the release (I haven't tried it yet but I am using 2.2.1 and it rocks)
But have a question. What happens with Amarok for Windows. I saw that it is not in kde-installer-gui-latest.exe. On the site I read that "It seems Amarok is no longer included in the latest released, you have to go back to older version of KDE (4.2.3) to be able to get and install Amarok."
But I don't want to use KDE 4.2.3 - is there any way to have KDE 4.3.4 on Windows + Amarok installed.

Thanks and regards,
Plamen Terziev

The best way to get information is to ask in #kde-windows, on irc.freenode.net. All of our Windows experts are there.

Biggest problem with the Windows version currently: The Phonon (multimedia) backend is not very good. We are working feverishly on a new backend (VLC based), which should solve these issues.

You guys are awesome. I've been waiting for the moodbar support ever since 2.0 came out. I'm glad it finally happened. :D

Amarok 2.2.2 is a nice new addition that I can use. I'm really interested in the moodbar and I'm very anxious to work with it as soon as possible. The overall review looks quite good. I'm a music freak and anything that enhances my music experiences is a real plus. Keep up the good work. casino en ligne

where is Manage Files feature

I was used to moves files from albums from places to places using the "organize files", I can't find it anymore in 2.2.2 ? Am I looking at the wrong place or does this function disapeared ?

see my above comment :)

It is removed from the context menu but actually still is there, available in the menu that appears when you drag some collection items. And as it was already said, it is buggy and can delete your files, so you are warned.

Congratulations on a new release! I like the direction in which Amarok is going but some features I really miss from the old days. One is the often wished-for "organize files" feature. The other is more powerful search filters for the collection.

Amarok 1.4 used to have the really useful "filetype" filter. I could search for some songs or album and also specify that I wished to see only the flac files representing that album and not the mp3s (which I keep for use on mobile audio devices), i.e. "strange days filetype:flac". I really miss this feature, any idea if it will be coming back?

currrently gone as there was a corner case that could result in your files being deleted.

a totally revamped organize files dialog will come with 2.2.3 (a dev is working on it atm)

Hi there. As far as I've read, Amaroks's support for Cue sheets was take out of the last major release. Any idea if this release supports .cue files? The music cue file that stores track information.

Thanks,
Vik

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