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02 October 2009, 12:39

Amarok 2.2 "Sunjammer" released

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Amarok logo Yesterday, having released the first beta "Crystal Clear" less than a month ago, the Amarok project released version 2.2 of the open source music player for the KDE desktop, code named "Sunjammer". The developers say that in the last three and a half months they closed 654 bugs and made close to 2200 commits to the code, of which more than a hundred were made in the first 24 hours after the release of version 2.1.1. The code statistics show that a total of 1935 files were changed, 101693 new lines written and 73774 obsolete lines of code removed.

Amarok 2.2 screen shot.
Zoom Amarok 2.2 screen shot.
Amarok 2.2 features an almost completely new look and feel, an overhauled Playlist with added features and a Layout editor. The editor comes with three pre-configured layouts and allows the user to build and save their own layout. A double click on a track in the Playlist allows for fast editing the track content, for example to correct a tag or change a song rating. New bookmarks allow easy access to marked passages within a music track, audiobook or podcast. The Context View now has automatic applet re-sizing and applets can be placed at the users choice.

Improvements include faster scanning, better import for the Amarok 1.4 database and support for external MySQL databases.

Amarok 2.2 starts the series of 2.2.x point releases that will focus on improving existing features, rather than adding major new ones. New releases will follow approximately every 6 weeks with bug fixes and improvements, as well as the odd new feature. Amarok 2.2 is available for download for many of the major Linux distributions and a User Guide is also available from the Amarok wiki. Kubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" will include Amarok 2.2 as its default Audio player. 'Development' versions are also available for Apple Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. Amarok is licensed under the GPLv3.

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