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16 March 2010, 12:18

Amarok 2.3.0 "Clear Light" released

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Amarok Logo The Amarok Project developers have announced the release of version 2.3.0 of their popular open source music player for the KDE desktop, code named "Clear Light". In addition to the usual bug fixes, the latest update includes a number of performance improvements as well as new features. The developers say that they decided to label the release as version 2.3 instead of 2.2.3 because of the "considerable visual changes in the main toolbar, and many other improvements" which the developers consider to be "of a slightly more experimental nature".

Zoom The updated Amarok 2.3.0 interface.
The 2.3.0 release features a completely redesigned main toolbar and the ability to select the next and previous track using the mouse horizontal wheel button. While the old slim toolbar is still available as an option, the developers encourage users to try out the new toolbar and provide feedback on the changes.

Other changes include updates to the moving/copying operations and the equaliser configuration, and the ability to group Podcasts and Saved Playlists by provider. Additionally, the file browser has been rewritten with an updated look and feel, including breadcrumb navigation. Rather than a general file browser it is now more music and Amarok specific. Improvements have also been made to USB mass storage device support.

More details about the release, including a video detailing the latest improvements, can be found in the official release announcement. Amarok 2.3.0 is available to download from the project's website and a user guide is provided. Amarok is released under version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GPLv2).

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