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You've got to appreciate Amarok

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I've been using Linux for quite a while now, and for playing audio files I mostly stuck to mpg123 and mplayer. That is mostly because they are console based and I never thought I'd find a UI player I'd really like. XMMS was good but just not my style. I craved for something more, something that was just perfect. And I got something very close to it - Amarok.

Its a beauty of a player I must say. I'm on version 1.4.3 using KDE 3.5.4 and it has one of the most charming interfaces I've seen. A big killer feature for me (which may not seem all to big but hey I used console based players :P ) was the fact that if you're browsing the Music folder on its left panel and suppose you copy a new file to the folder from outside the player, the panel listing gets dynamically updated. This is a big plus for me over the standard playlist approach which made me open a new window to choose the new file and add it to the 'Now Playing' list. Plus I appreciate the semi-translucent Song information thingie that comes to the foreground when a new song is played or the playlist finishes - and yes it doesn't bring your input device focus to itself.

Now I'm sure I'm just scratching the surface of Amarok features here mostly because its been only a day of usage. But all-in-all, it seems like one slick player for Linux. Now this is another one of those softwares which you can point to when people say that Linux is too tough, too unnatural or too un-intuitive(obviously to show them how wrong they are). Seriously, how much better can you get with a player. :) So any other happy Amarok users wanna share tips? Or any other players you found awesome?

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capty99 Icon

24 June 2007 - 07:58 PM
jw if you have tried out songbird yet?
your take on it?
i'm a big fan but thats on the windows side.
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rahulbatra Icon

24 June 2007 - 09:25 PM
Not yet, but I'm downloading it as we speak. :) I'm assuming its this(Songbirdnest) one? Not tried much of its functionality yet, but from the screenshots, looks slick.
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capty99 Icon

25 June 2007 - 06:53 PM
yeah, i reviewed it a while back, real fan of it, plus there are some interesting features I haven't seen before. not sure how much I would use them on a regular basis, but nice to have there.

the only problem (and its a major one) is that in the case of big libraries (when you get into the large hundreds/thousands I think) it for some reason slows alomst to a crawl. it is supposed to be fixed in the next version (which may be the one your downloading now). I use it on my laptop where the song list is small.

we'll see if it works for a real tester. :)
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Cookie Mobster Icon

28 June 2007 - 10:48 PM
I used to use it to copy songs onto my ipod, unfortunately the linux box died, but amarok is a good app +++
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