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Roktober 2010 - Support Your Favourite Music Player

Here it comes: October in all of its glory! For some, this is a time of falling leaves. For others, it is a time of warm sunbeams. Either way, we are once again nearing the year’s end and are ready to sum up our efforts, while we continue to develop and Rok the World! :-)

In the last twelve months, we have made more than 4000 commits, closed over 4000 bugs, released 6 new versions of Amarok, wrote a Quick Start Guide to Amarok, attended over 10 conferences and had a big developer sprint in Switzerland. All of this, thanks to your donations!

Some of the highlights we worked on in Amarok itself:

  • new Automatic Playlist Generator
  • improved cover fetching
  • new applets for the Context View (Upcoming Events, Similar Artists, Videos...)
  • moodbar support
  • better desktop integration (including KNotify support)
  • better podcast handling
  • queue support
  • custom label support
  • a huge number of improvements to existing features!
For Amarok 2.4 (planned for early 2011) and upcoming releases we have planned:
  • transcoding, so you can transfer files to your media device in the right format
  • UPnP support
  • Playdar integration
  • spectrum analyzer
  • completing the Amarok handbook
  • many more exciting features and improvements!
You might have noticed that our development pace has quickened! In order to continue working on Amarok at such speed, we call on your help. Costs such as server maintenance and travelling expenses are too much for our tiny budgets to handle. Remember, everything we do, we do for free! And this is where you come in!

This year’s Roktober, our annual fundraiser, has a goal of 5000 Euros. Reaching this goal will help us handle this next exciting year smoothly. The funds will help us develop more powerful features in Amarok, pay for our servers, and send team members to conferences; we may even run a developer sprint or two!

As a sign of our appreciation for your support we will add donors agreeing to it to a special section in Amarok’s About Dialog. Your name will then appear in each version of Amarok that gets released in the next 12 months.

So join us, and throw in your share to Rok the World!

Here’s how to contribute:
In the left sidebar of this page you can see two donate buttons. The upper one is for donations via Paypal and the lower one is for donations via Google Checkout. Choose your preferred one and donate to support Amarok development. Thank you!
If you agree to be listed in Amarok’s About Dialog as a supporter please send an email to roktober@getamarok.com after you donated with your name as it should appear there (and if you have one, your nickname on opendesktop.org). If you are sending this from a different email address than your donation please mention this as well.
Should you have any problems or questions please also email roktober@getamarok.com.

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My Donation is on its way! Thanks to the whole team for making Amarok such a great software!

Thank you :)

Happy to help :-)

Good to see you're still with us ;-)
Thx!

This donation was brought to you by a nice cup of hot chocolate.

hmmmmmm hot chocolate...
Thanks for your donation :)

Hi !

Since a lot of times ago, i contributing more with amarok, i post new bugs ! lool
I've created an acoount in bugs.kde.org !
And im testing amarok 2.3.2 beta 1 ! lool
Today, im seeing if the beta 2 has released ! lool

I think that amarok in an excelent software to play music, radios, ... ! lool
Congratulations to the whole team ... its a good job ! ;-)

Bye

José Filipe, it's great that you are trying out 2.3.2 beta, and the final has been released. You can find it here:

http://amarok.kde.org/wiki/Download

I'm contributing too; I love Amarok!

Valorie

Thanks for this release but i found some bugs...
comparatif mutuelle
devis assurance auto

please report them then on bugs.kde.org

It's been a couple years since I donated, and the last time I ended up mailing a check. My Paypal account is stuck in some purgatory, and I haven't had any success getting it resolved (or have I wanted to).

Thanks for including Google Checkout. It made it way easier to donate.

Keep up the great work.

Great you like it! :-) And THANKS for your kind donation, it really means much to us all! :-)

...for a greater cause.

Done guys and thanks for this great app!

Keep-on doing an excellent job.

...very much :)

Hope you have reached your goal by now, happy to donate while eating my breakfast :)

Thanks for your donation! I'm glad you enjoy using Amarok.

Can you please remove the mentioning of Mac OS X and Windows as platforms in the banner at the top of the page. It's just not true and very annoying to have to confirm this every couple of months for myself...

...the Windows port works fine now. I'll admit it took a long time, but we have a decent installer now. Easy to use and nice.

It's still experimental, but you can check it out here:

http://amarok.kde.org/wiki/Download:Windows#Windows_Installer_by_Nitrostemp

I tried Nitrostemp's version on Windows 7 and got nothing (it started the kded4 and klauncher processes and then stopped), so I agree that the bit about "for Linux and Unix, MacOS X and Windows" should be changed (after so many years that I have seen it there).

Just made my yearly donation. i use amarok almost every day, hope the next release will be even better :)

Cheers,
Romain.

Looking forward to Amarok 2.4 and the upcoming new features. I really hope though that Amarok at some points a decent music store integration like 7digital or amazon mp3.