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    Default Amarok 2.8 Plays Opus Audio, ASX Playlists

    Phoronix: Amarok 2.8 Plays Opus Audio, ASX Playlists

    Joining in on the KDE 4.11 release fun this week is the Amarok 2.8 multimedia player release...

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

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    Default I already have a music player that plays .opus, still its good news :)

    Rhythmbox already plays .opus. Amarok is beginning to support it as well is also good news...

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdigsig View Post
    Rhythmbox already plays .opus. Amarok is beginning to support it as well is also good news...
    Amarok could play opus files since ages (when the used phonon backend was compiled with opus support). Only new is: you can now convert other files into opus files & you can now tag opus files

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    It also have visualisations now

    So, how does OPUS compare to OGG?

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    Not bad. I'll have to fix MIDI support in it at some point, once I get around to it.

    Still waiting for that phonon-gstreamer GStreamer 1.0 support, though. That should fix the annoying pause issue with OGGs and MIDIs. Hopefully it will make it into phonon-gstreamer 4.6.4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdigsig View Post
    Rhythmbox already plays .opus. Amarok is beginning to support it as well is also good news...
    Except Rhythmbox is terrible mess from an UI standpoint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redi44 View Post
    It also have visualisations now

    So, how does OPUS compare to OGG?
    Ogg is a container format at Opus an audio codec with a quite wide use case (low bit rate, high bit rate, speech, music, for lossy connections, for lossless connections, ...). So you could compare it against Ogg Vorbis, but then you have to define the usecase. For example Ogg Vorbis will be a lot worse on low bit rate speech. Or you could compare it against (Ogg) Speex. But speex would be bad for high bitrate music.

    An old test (which includes Ogg Vorbis) for "medioker" bitrate music can be found here: http://listening-tests.hydrogenaudio...c/results.html

    Some more tests can be found at http://www.opus-codec.org/comparison/GoogleTest1.pdf and http://www.opus-codec.org/comparison/GoogleTest2.pdf and http://research.nokia.com/files/publ...Opus_Codec.pdf


    To make it short: it is an extreme amazing codec and the opponents have to go to therapy for years after these tests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redi44 View Post
    It also have visualisations now

    So, how does OPUS compare to OGG?
    Opus is a codec, Ogg a container. Opus usually can be found in an Ogg container.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pawlerson View Post
    Except Rhythmbox is terrible mess from an UI standpoint.
    Is it a bigger mess than Amarok? I'm not so sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psychoticmeow View Post
    Is it a bigger mess than Amarok? I'm not so sure.
    It doesn't matter which player you think is better. The point was that gstreamer1.0 apps have had opus support (and Amarok has had support depending on which phonon backend was used).

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