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Amarok 2.1 is out & Installing Amarok 2.1 on Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty

I was catching up on some feeds yesterday, and this piece of news caught my eye –Amarok 2.1 released. Being a long time Amarok fan ( heck Amarok itself was catalyst to make me use my SUSE 10.0 use full) time – I read the article with great interest.

Amarok 2 users would know that Amarok 2 series is a shadow of its old Amarok 1.4(“Amarok Classic” self) – and quite a few people still prefer Amarok classic to Amarok 2 – primararily because of Amarok’s missing support for visualizations, equalizer amongst others. I don’t use equalizers – and as for visualization – well don’t use that either.

Coming back to the point – Amarok 2.0 release was somewhat like a KDE 4.0 release – more of a framework release, basic building blocks in place, but just about. I terribly missed queuing support, and promptly stopped using Amarok (and on a different note, switched to Gnome – Rhythmbox is sweet!).

Amarok 2.1 brings in a lot of improvements – and the most obvious one is the improvements to the playlist and main play window area. With Amarok 2.0 – the playlist area was a bit of a hit and a miss the lyrics, Wikipedia info was there but wasn’t obvious, you had to “Add the plasma” and once you added multiple plasma(“applets”) you had no idea how many were there without “zooming out” and overlooking it. And with the zoom effect not at its  slickest best it was a big chore.

Amarok 2.1 fixes this by adding buttons which bring up the respective applets making it easy to remove the exisitng applets, add new ones or simply re-arrange them.

amarok-21Another nice feature introduced is “bookmarking” – any track with a length greater than 10minutes and Amarok will save the last listened position, so when you return to playing the track, it resumes from the last bookmarked place. There are other improvements too – only I couldn’t figure it because the damned player wouldn’t play anything :|

I’ve put my query in Ubuntu forums over here – my problem is that Amarok just refuses to play any local files. If any of my readers can help me figure this out, it’ll be great, just drop a comment.

Edit: Fixed the problem .

As for installing Amarok, its straightforward, Goto System -> Administration -> Software Sources.

Click on third party sources, click on Add, enter the below line.
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/kubuntu-ppa/backports/ubuntu jaunty main
Save, update. Launch Synaptic, search for amarok and mark for install.
That’s it, Amarok 2.1 is ready to rock. Were you able to get Amarok successful run on your system ? Do drop a comment.

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  3. I encountered a proble, and seems others do too.

    On refreshing the sources list after adding as per your instructions I see the following error:

    W: GPG error: http://ppa.launchpad.net jaunty Release: The following signatures couldn’t be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 2836CB0A8AC93F7A

    Any suggestions?

    1. GPG error?

      Do this:

      sudo apt-key adv –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com –recv-keys 2836CB0A8AC93F7A

      This import the key for repository.

  4. Is there something seriously wrong with Amarok in the repository linked to? I can’t connect to last.fm and get a firewall related error, I can’t automatically download lyrics, and I can’t edit the track details?

      1. No, turned out to be because I had to install all the other updates from this ppa as well – mea culpa, I thought that all I needed to do was install the amarok* updates.

        Best,
        Christo

  5. To fix the GPG error, save this to a new text file (from the line with the BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK to the end), go to System>Administration>Software Sources and click on the authentication tab, import key file, and select the text file that you just saved. I’m not sure what you do in Kubuntu, but I assume it’s similar except you have to go through something in Adept or whatever Kubuntu uses these days.

  6. Be careful using this upgrade method. I used apt-get dist-upgrade and got KDE4.3Beta. I lost my all your desktop settings and Digikam no longer works. When I did a dist-upgrade I just assumed it was some updated 4.2 packages that were being installed. Wrong!

  7. Hi there, thanks for this tip. This solved my problem of not being able to listen to web streams on kubuntu 9.04 and amarok 2.0.2. First time I fired up amarok it crashed tho… second time seems ok.

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