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Amarok 2.4.1 Beta 1 “Ringscape” Is Released

After a successful 2.4.0 release, we are happy to announce the immediate availability of Amarok 2.4.1 beta 1. This release comes with a lot of incremental changes and bug fixes, but also several new features, including a preview feature for the Organize Collection dialog and integration with the gpodder.net web service. Moreover, Amarok now supports remote NFS and SMB collections.


Amarok is a powerful music player for Linux and Unix, MacOS X and Windows with an intuitive interface. It makes playing the music you love and discovering new music easier than ever before and it looks good doing it!

To install Amarok open a Terminal window (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal and copy+paste the following lines:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install amarok

When upgraded you can find Amarok under Applications -> Sound & Video -> Amarok.

Amarok Homepage

Please note that this is a beta release, and as such it may have serious bugs. Users are encouraged to test it and provide feedback, to help us make an even better 2.4.1 release.
The changelog below gives a fairly complete overview of the changes since the last release.

Changes since the last release:
Features:
Remote NFS & SMB/CIFS collections now work! (BR 249760, BR 232976, BR 171213, BR 187692)
New “Preview” feature for the Organize Collection dialog. Patch by Maximilian Güntner .
String filtering in the albums applet.
Ability to change text alignment in the lyrics applet.
gpodder.net Service, a Podcast Directory displaying the most used Tags from gpodder.net & the top Podcasts of these Tags

Changes:
The podcast directory service is now based on incremental parsing of OPML without caching in the database.
Plugins can now be optionally enabled in the config dialog.
Script selector is moved from the menubar to the config dialog.
Now all changes to Preset Formats in Organize Collection dialog get saved on close, doesn’t matter If dialog was accepted or rejected.
Added “Update Preset” button to Organize Collection dialog, which updates currently choosen scheme.
Renewed FilterEditor dialog.
Changed tokens syntax in FileNameLayoutDialog (TagGuesser, OrginizeCollection dialogs) now tokens wrapped in percent signs (%token% instead of %token).
Added ability to guess tags from whole track path. (TagGuesser dialog)
Use KDirWatch to watch changes to collection.
Do always store track rating as tags in files. Patch by Alan Ezusti . (BR 259117)
Added missing tooltip for animation settings. Patch by Bhargav Mangipudi . (BR 248690)

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