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07 September 2009, 10:54

First beta of Amarok 2.2

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Amarok 2.2 beta in action
The Amarok 2.2 beta in action
The first beta of the open source media player Amarok version 2.2 has been made available to download. The developers have resolved a number of bugs, scaled down memory requirements and added a number for features to the release, which they have codenamed "Crystal Clear".

The browser layout on the left hand side of the Amarok user interface has been improved and users can now move the various application elements around to create their preferred arrangement. Elements can even be stacked on top of each other and tabs used to switch between them. A new video clip applet has been incorporated to show music videos from sites such as YouTube while the new photo applet displays images relevant to the current artist. Play list sorting has been much improved and play list settings can be saved as a bookmark for easy recall. Bookmark management has also been enhanced and is now accessible from the Tools menu.

A full change log for Amarok 2.2 beta 1 is available and the media player can be downloaded, as a pre-compiled binary for most Linux and Unix distributions, from the Amarok downloads page. Amarok is licensed under the GPLv2 and versions for Mac OS X and Windows are in development.


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