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  • #16
    Originally posted by mcgreg View Post
    Actually, Amarok 1 rocks. Amarok 2 is still like years behind Amarok 1
    I didn't use Amarok 1 for long time, but it's still probably the best audio player ever in my opinion and Amarok 2 is at the second place. Btw. afaik someone is porting Amarok 1 to KDE4

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    • #17
      Originally posted by kraftman View Post
      I didn't use Amarok 1 for long time, but it's still probably the best audio player ever in my opinion and Amarok 2 is at the second place. Btw. afaik someone is porting Amarok 1 to KDE4
      Now that would be a revelation

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      • #18
        First of all: Thanks for the news item that actually mentions that a community version still exists.
        The other news items I've read about Songbird said all that there won't be any Linux version any longer.
        That's simply not true. Songbird on Linux will now be treated like Songbird on FreeBSD: It'll work, but others have to create the packages.

        Originally posted by lem79 View Post
        Doesn't Songbird modify your files without you knowing?
        No.

        Originally posted by misiu_mp View Post
        What I fail to understand is why, it being based on open-source, portable components, they decided that the linux port will not be developed and some new features might not be implemented for linux. Am I wrong to thing that mozilla xul, gstreamer and all are easly portable? How much platform-specific code do they have? Why do they intend to add more platform-specific code (as apparent from their statement that some new features might not be there for linux at all)?
        Support for external MP3 players is AFAIK completely platform-dependent.
        But as you already wrote: The majority of the code is platform-agnostic anyway. So it will work in the future.


        Originally posted by misiu_mp View Post
        What is their business model? You know what they say: if you dont know what it is about, its about money. So who pays them?
        MP3 player manufacturers that want a branded version of Songbird with some exclusive features. Songbird itself is GPL-only so addons have to be GPL-compatible as well, but POTI (the company behind Songbird) has the right to re-license which means that they can develop proprietary addons.


        Originally posted by kraftman View Post
        afaik someone is porting Amarok 1 to KDE4
        Only partially true. The port (Clementine) is to Qt4 which means that it not only integrates well into KDE SC 4, but also GNOME, Windows, and Mac OS X.
        http://code.google.com/p/clementine-player/

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        • #19
          Good riddance. Also, what is with hiding the source? Nothing on download page, not found on a quick "songbird source" google search.

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          • #20
            Oh, there it is, the *sixth* google entry on "songbird source".

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            • #21
              music players

              foobar2000 + wine = win!

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              • #22
                I was excited about Songbird. Then I tried it. Amarok FTW!

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                • #23
                  We need a good lightweight Qt based music player with Gnome support

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by EarthMind View Post
                    We need a good lightweight Qt based music player with Gnome support
                    http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/04/c...14-in-qt4.html
                    there you go.
                    maybe not exactly lightweight, but good enough

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Silverthorn View Post
                      Couldn't agree more. It makes me want to create my own music player just to get a player which I could be happy with.
                      That's actually what I did.
                      Back in the KDE 4.2 days, I couldn't get Amarok 2.0 to work on my system due to a bug in 64-bit mysql. Songbird didn't work on my system (heh), and I didn't want to install a bunch of Gnome stuff for Rhtymbox or Banshee.

                      There were the minimal ones like Audacious, but I didn't really care for them. So I wrote my own music player using Qt4 and Phonon.

                      When Amarok finally did work, I didn't like it that much. And by then, I was too enamored by my own music player.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by KAMiKAZOW View Post
                        Only partially true. The port (Clementine) is to Qt4 which means that it not only integrates well into KDE SC 4, but also GNOME, Windows, and Mac OS X.
                        http://code.google.com/p/clementine-player/
                        That's great! I hope the final version will look and behave exactly like Amarok 1.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by EarthMind View Post
                          We need a good lightweight Qt based music player with Gnome support
                          VLC media player. It's Qt4 with Freedesktop.org color icons. It's intended for simple file playback. You can however make playlists.

                          It plays all audio- and video files. It plays back all imaginable video- and music discs and files over network and the internet and also YouTube and other .flv videos.

                          Best multimedia player ever made But I prefer Amarok 1/2 for music management ^^,

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                          • #28
                            Actually it was promising.

                            But then the linux features started getting stripped out. Like no CD Ripping. Eventually it became a bit of a joke.

                            I'm disappointed because it COULD have been a great app. Esp. since I just can't get used to the Amarok library presentation.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by EarthMind View Post
                              We need a good lightweight Qt based music player with Gnome support
                              You could use the one I wrote. It's pure Qt with no KDE deps.
                              Hope you don't mind compiling from source (CMake) and lots of lacking features.

                              http://github.com/pvtcupcakes/kajammer

                              /shameless plug

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                              • #30
                                I think the best media/music player in a long term is Amarok 2, but not yet. It has still many performance issues. Maybe by Amarok 2.4 or 2.5 those will get fixed.

                                Who likes Amarok 1, Clementine can be a good option, also there is ororok, inspired by Amarok 1.4 and foobar2000. Both using Qt.

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