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21 January 2013, 12:37

Amarok 2.7 gets semantic with Nepomuk

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The KDE-based music player Amarok has been updated with the release of version 2.7 "A Minor Tune" and adds two new features which were developed during last year's Google Summer of Code. One of the new features plugs Amarok into the Nepomuk semantic framework, giving Nepomuk the ability to index the metadata of a user's music tracks anywhere on the system and make that metadata and indexing available within Amarok. Although the music tracks can be anywhere on the system, the user has to tell Nepomuk to index music files first. The other feature is the extension of the ability to synchronise statistics between collections and devices, which now works with the service.

Although the release was due at the end of 2012, the developers used the festive break to improve the File Browser and brought back Audio CD playback for anyone using a recent phonon-gstreamer. The developers have closed around 470 bugs since last August's Amarok 2.6, with 100 of those bug closures being actual bug fixes which resulted in changes in the code. Fifteen feature requests were also granted, such as Track dragging support in statistics, suggested tag corrections from, enhancements to Amazon store integration and a utility to handle Amazon downloads, and the ability to mark downloaded podcast episodes to keep.

Amarok 2.7 is available on a wide range of Linux platforms; a Mac OS X port is still in development and a Windows port of 2.7 is not available yet. Download and installation instructions are available. Source code is available as a tarball or from the KDE git repository. Amarok is licensed under the GPLv2.


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