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17 January 2011, 12:47

New features in Amarok 2.4

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Amarok Logo Following a beta last month, the Amarok development team has released version 2.4 of the open source music player for the KDE desktop, code named "Slipstream". According to the developers, the project's first release of 2011 is a major update that brings significant performance, usability and stability improvements.

Zoom Amarok 2.4 brings significant performance and stability improvements.
Amarok 2.4 features support for the third generation iPod Touch, the option to have Amarok write statistics and album covers back to the files directly, as well as a completely re-written collection scanner that better detects compilations. A mass-tagging user interface using the MusicBrainz open content music database is now included that allows users to update their songs with accurate information, as is transcoding support – the developers note that transcoding will be expanded to media devices in a future release.

Other changes include an option to show and hide the menu bar, a new applet for guitar and bass tab information, map and calendar views for the upcoming events applet, support for UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) collections and a variety of bug fixes over the previous 2.3.2 release.

More details about the major update, including a change log and a full list of new features, can be found in the official release announcement. Amarok 2.4 is available to download for various Linux distributions, BSD and other Unix distributions. Amarok is licensed under version 2 of the GNU General Public Licence (GPLv2).

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