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18 February 2010, 16:50

Amarok 2.3 Beta 1 released

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Amarok Logo The Amarok Project developers have released the first beta for what will become version 2.3 of their popular open source music player for the KDE desktop, code named "Altered State". According to the developers, they decided to release the next version of Amarok as version 2.3 instead of 2.2.3 because of the "considerable visual changes in the main toolbar, and many other improvements".

Amarok 2.3 Beta 1 features a completely redesigned main toolbar that includes several new features, next and previous track selection using the horizontal mouse wheel button, and the ability to group Podcasts and Saved Playlists by provider, such as iPod, Local or USB Mass Storage. Other changes include updates to the moving/copying operations, the equalizer configuration and a number of bug fixes. As with all development releases, use in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised. The developers ask users testing the release to report any bugs that they encounter.

More details about the release, including a first look video, can be found in the official release announcement. Amarok 2.3 Beta 1 is available to download from the project's website. Amarok is licensed under version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GPLv2).

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