But no, it must spend a couple of hours misparsing my tags in order to provide eloquent names such as ??????? and ...... Gee, thanks!
Oh, yeah, the iPod generation, I forgot. Nevermind then.Amarok aims to be a full featured media player, and iTunes/Windows Media Player both have transcoding. Its useful for moving songs to players that only support limited media formats; and probably easier for most users than 'transcode'
Amarok has some really nice things, but (since version 2?) it still has problems and important missing features.
*The start-up time is still slow compared to other KDE apps.
*It still uses to much memory to only play audio, compared to other KDE (multimedia) apps. (~70-80 MB)
*The interface loads slow when unminimizing in a not so old (worse in older) Intel gfx card. All other apps work ok.
*The new trans-coding feature is only for audio copied to the collection, but not to a media device. Most of the time the PC can play any audio format, but not a media device.
*A better/more complete tag editor. We are not in the ID3v1 days anymore. I have always to use Kid3 or Ex Falso. But Amarok won't realize the tag changes immediately.
*I tabbed playlists, like in Exaile or Clementine would also be nice.
I'm looking at it right now. Going to the top level menu on the left pane shows these categories: "Local Music", "Internet", "Playlists", "Files", and "Podcasts". Stuff in "Local Music" is in a database, but "Files" just draws some type of file browser widget in the entire left panel. It's basically a mini-Dolphin widget. You can browse all your files, without any need to have any sort of database setup.
This isn't a great picture, but it does show the file browser on the left.
You really need to try something before you start mindlessly bashing it.