View Full Version : Review on Amarok 1.4.5
10th July 2007, 08:53 AM
Been using FC7 fo a couple of weeks on KDE, with my new super Desktop, and started using amarok, as I already know mplayer, helix and so on...
Works really well, but it does have some quirks every now and then. I like the shortcuts that it trys to keep in sync with the old Winamp standards, rating system and smooth layout.
On the negative side it might be noted that the tray icon seems to dissapear every time I forget to exet the program on reboot, and then I get this funny tiny window instead.. I still havent found where I can turn off this irritating song notification wiondow that keeps stealing my focus when I work everytime a song changes, and none of the Online radio work on a standard install..
Overall, it get a singel thumb from me.. but a little more work is still reccomended before I can say, yes sir..
Rate it if you have it..
10th July 2007, 09:52 AM
One step away from perfect, imo... Because of erratic song change delay and key bindings (Gnome desktop)
12th July 2007, 11:09 AM
My experience with sounnd players has previously been restricted to minimal apps, like xmms. So there were many goodies for me in Amarok, but I guess most people would be used to its features. My main objective is to study the music, and most of the linux software sound editing is terrible. As in "does not work".
I'm happier with Amarok than with other new players. It would be better if you could point to a file for lyrics, another for sheet music or tabs, etc.. This information is often available as HTML or .crd, but no way I can see to link to local copies or the web. Another thing I'd like to see is finer seek control, and the ability to do A/B comparisons... select a clip here and a clip there, play them back to back. It would be great if you could slow down or speed up the playback.
I'm not sure how it (cover manager) keeps track of album cover art either. Sometimes you get surprising covers.displayed.
27th July 2007, 03:25 PM
I've been using Amarok for just under a week now. Been fine, but it doesn't seem to scan my collection properly :mad:
Overall, it's an awesome app. Took me awhile to get used to it from using Sonicstage.
31st July 2007, 08:45 AM
I too have noticed that collection scanning sometime are a bit quirky.. Add new files, and only after I restart the app, does the files appear..
I do love the ID3 tag renaming tool, works pretty well..
21st August 2007, 12:52 PM
I like amarok, but sometimes it's "too much"... I don't like the Magnatune Browser so I always disable it.
And lately I started using MOC.
26th August 2007, 12:32 PM
For disabling the nagging notifications try setting->configure amarok . I now have 1.4.6 which is nice. The predefined online radios don't work even after all required 3rd party decoders where installed. I don't think these radios exists, or they are subscription based. If you put your own online radios they will work. too bad it doesn't has movie support.
28th August 2007, 08:14 AM
gala_dragos.... thanks for the tip.. i managed to get the notification off.. was just lazy I guess.. :P
28th August 2007, 11:35 PM
The only thing I don't like from Amarok is that it is not a GNOME app (yes you can run it but it needs to have most of KDE installed). Sometimes I am just a little lazy to download it in a fresh Fedora installation just because of that (and use Rythmbox instead), but if it is already installed there is no way I miss it.
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