Amarok 2 Brings Fresh Changes

After much waiting, Amarok 2 was finally released. For those who can’t wait to try it out, here is how you can install it on your Kubuntu/Ubuntu.

If you have previously installed Amarok 1.4, remove it.

Open your sources.list

Add the following line to the end of the file.

Update the repository and install Amarok 2

Amarok 2.0 brings a lot of fresh changes. The most noticeable difference is the user interface. The UI has been completely redesigned and have a totally different look from Amarok1.4. The play control buttons are bigger and are position at the top instead of the usual bottom. The main screen is now split into 3 columns instead of the usual 2. The centre column is now make up of an information pane where you can add widgets to it .There is also different workspaces where you can organize your widgets nicely.

Amarok-2 user interface

There are several useful and interesting widgets that you can use. Albums, Current Track Info, Lyrics, Wikipedia are a few examples.

amarok2-widget

Things that have improved in Amarok 2 include the addition and a tighter integration with the various online music services. You can now access Ampache, Last.fm, MP3Tunes, Jamendo, Librivox, Magnatune, OPML directory and shoutcast.

The new improved dynamic playlist in Amarok 2.0 added a biased factor to the songs that you played. You can easily configure it to match the title, artists, album etc or loosely match with the song’s meta data. I really love this feature. It’s just like the Genius feature in iTunes, but with more controllability and predictability.

amarok-dynamic-playlist

Another feature that I found useful in Amarok 2.0 is the Advanced search that allows you to filter and mirco search your music collection. There are times when I have craving to listen to a particular song. With over 1000 songs in my database, it is a really difficult task to locate the song I want. This advanced search feature has enabled me to find that song quickly and easily.

amarok-filter-search

Scripts Manager

The script manager in Amarok 2.0 is of a completely different architecture from Amarok 1.4. This means that all the version 1.4 scripts cannot be used in Amarok 2. Currently, the script database only have a limited few scripts that are of little use. Hopefully, asĀ  Amarok 2 becomes more mature, there will be a lot more scripts available.

Cross Platform

Other than Linux, Amarok 2 is also compatible with Mac and Windows. However, the current Mac and Windows versions are still in testing stage and they do not work as well as the Linux version.

Overall, majority of the changes in Amarok 2 are refreshing. The interface has become more elegant, much simpler and more user-friendly without losing any of its functionality. Some of the newly addons feature such as search filtering and widgets are interesting and useful. I would hope to see better integration and connectivity with my iPhone so that I can stream/transfer music easily.

What do you hope to see in the new release of Amarok 2.0?

Damien Damien

Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.

3 comments

  1. Thanks for your rather well written and balanced review of our baby. I enjoyed the review and recommended it to my Amarok team colleagues :)


    Mark Kretschmann
    Amarok Developer
    www.kde.org – amarok.kde.org

    1. @Mark Kretschmann: You are welcome. Seriously speaking, will there be an easier way to get it to sync with my iPhone?

  2. @Damien: Probably, but this is not directly in our hands. We use “libgpod” for all iPod access, and I assume that this might also include the iPhone in the future.

    But I’m really not an expert on this; personally I don’t have any Apple products. You could ask on our mailing list, where the iPod expert will surely read your mail :)


    Mark Kretschmann
    Amarok Developer
    http://www.kde.org – amarok.kde.org

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