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Tag: AMAROK

Amarok-based Clementine gets massive upgrade

Clementine is a great little audio player for Windows, and the recent update to version .5 has brought a lengthy list of new features. Not least among them is support for USB-connected MP3 players -- including iPods and iPhones! My iPod touch 3G was recognized, but I couldn't get Clementine to establish a connection. My wife's little Sony E344, on the other hand, worked flawlessly. What...

Clementine is an attractively simple music player and organizer

I only ever used iTunes once, just after I bought my second-generation iPod. I still remember the day that Apple ported iTunes to Windows. The world was giddy with excitement -- and, as I plugged in that FireWire cable... I admit, I was giddy too. Christ was that excitement short lived though. iTunes was a steaming hunk of bloated slowness. It might be better today, but truth be told I haven't...

3 Linux Apps That Make Me Hate Windows

I'm a Windows user, and it has served me well. That being said, I play with a lot of Linux distributions and there are some applications that are just so much better than anything Windows can offer that I find myself wondering how long it'll be until I make the switch. For starters, there's the APT and the Synaptic Package Manager. Microsoft has been promising updates and installs without...

Amarok music player tech preview released for Windows

Fed up with Windows Media Player, iTunes, Foobar, MediaMonkey, and every other free music player for Windows you can get your hands on? Amarok is an excellent iTunes replacement. It has all sorts of features for managing, organizing, and playing your audio files and streaming audio channels. You can even use Amarok to sync playlists with an iPod or other MP3 player. The only problem is that...

Tech preview of Amarok 2 released: Codename "Kutie"

Amarok has just released a preview of its new version 2, codenamed "Kutie." In case you didn't know, Amarok is the free music player for Linux and Unix, with support for album art, lyrics, and Wikipedia and last.fm integration. A word of warning: this is a very early release and a technical preview only (it's called a pre-alpha release; if you've ever wondered what came before alpha, this is your...

Flipping the Linux switch: Amarok

Maybe you've got older hardware. Maybe you've had enough of restrictive EULAs. Maybe you've just received a teeny tiny Eee for Christmas (thanks Mom!). Or maybe you've been thinking about making the switch to Linux, but you wonder how you'll live without certain applications. A major obstacle in making the transition from Windows to Linux for many is music. Does Linux even play media files? While...

iTunes Alternatives

As the comment section from our recent post about the latest iTunes update shows, not everyone is in love with iTunes. Especially for Windows users, the program can be buggy, hog memory/system resources and it tries to force users to organize and store their music in a certain way (hey, some of us have very specific, if a bit arcane, organizational methods and we don't want iTunes to force us...

Apple kills Linux compatibility with new iPods

Part of what makes the iPod so popular is the way it seamless integrates with iTunes. You can rip your CD collection or download movies and music onto your PC and quickly synchronize them with your iPod for when you're on the go. But while the iPod is certainly the most popular portable media player on the market, not everyone is a huge fan of iTunes. And some folks, like say, Linux users,...

Amarok open source media player adds music store

Beloved Linux media player Amarok made news today to become the first open source player to include an online digital music store. Amarok has struck a deal with Magnatune to offer music store purchases within the player starting with version 1.4.4, just released. The music store features DRM-free downloads and full-length MP3 previews. The new version of Amarok also features over 100 bugfixes and...