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    Default Amarok 2.4 Brings Many Improvements

    Phoronix: Amarok 2.4 Brings Many Improvements

    Amarok 2.4, which was in beta for a little over a month, has now been officially released...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTAxNQ

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    But have they finally brought it back to feature parity with Amarok 1.4? The race is on whether I go with Amarok or Clementine when I finally decide to move away from 1.4 and KDE 3.5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyatt View Post
    But have they finally brought it back to feature parity with Amarok 1.4?
    I think they brought all the old bloat back again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RealNC View Post
    I think they brought all the old bloat back again.
    Old bloat? I use pretty much everything that 1.4 has; it's everything new to the 2.X series that I'd like nothing to do with. :/

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    So...does this release actually compile?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wswartzendruber View Post
    So...does this release actually compile?
    It did here. All the previous ones too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyatt View Post
    Old bloat? I use pretty much everything that 1.4 has; it's everything new to the 2.X series that I'd like nothing to do with. :/
    Amarok 1.4 was pretty darn good and light in my opinion and I still use it on an old kde 3.5 lenny system. Only thing that no longer works is Last.fm scrobbling as Last.fm changed the infrastructure which broke the code in Amarok 1.4

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepDayze View Post
    Amarok 1.4 was pretty darn good and light in my opinion and I still use it on an old kde 3.5 lenny system. Only thing that no longer works is Last.fm scrobbling as Last.fm changed the infrastructure which broke the code in Amarok 1.4
    Weird, it still works fine here. Everything but fetching album covers from Amazon works, and I don't much care for that because it was mostly wrong most of the time for most of the music I listen to anyway. Really, I've not had nearly the hassle keeping old Amarok running that my friends have; not sure why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyatt View Post
    But have they finally brought it back to feature parity with Amarok 1.4? The race is on whether I go with Amarok or Clementine when I finally decide to move away from 1.4 and KDE 3.5.
    Not exactly.

    While they've slowly picked up more features that were in 1.4, 2.# still crashes far too often at the start of a new song (on a Gnome desktop) whereas 1.4 never did for me, and there's the odd feature not there (like auto-prompting when it can't play an audio codec and auto-offering to installing the missing packages for you, which worked perfectly well with 1.4 on a Gnome desktop but is still absent from 2.#). 2.# still messes up my playlist even on a fresh install after I've built the playlist from scratch (albums songs aren't all grouped together even when sorting by albums, which is infuriating).

    It's not even always improvements between 2.# releases - there's also some areas it gets worse. For example, they hide options more and more, like the random play (not the shuffle playlist option, which is different) that doesn't appear in the menus any more and is relegated on an icon you have to click, and the icon doesn't even have the old dice picture, but a picture unrelated to the random/shuffle concept, and the pop-up on hover tip doesn't even say anything about randomise or shuffling (yes, it's really that retarded ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by miles View Post
    (like auto-prompting when it can't play an audio codec and auto-offering to installing the missing packages for you, which worked perfectly well with 1.4 on a Gnome desktop but is still absent from 2.#).
    I'm pretty sure that's been fixed, at least if you're using the GStreamer backend. Most others should already have everything anyway. I know i saw a blog post talking about this, anyway, so if it's not in 2.4 then it will be in 2.5 for sure.

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