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  • #11
    Originally posted by Awesomeness View Post
    Then don't use GStreamer. ;-)
    Amarok, just as almost any other KDE media player, simply talks to Phonon. Simply switch the Phonon back-end (in my case VLC).
    Yeah, no. VLC doesn't support MIDI at all. As a matter of fact, with VLC you can't even add MIDI files to the playlist. So that's not an option.

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    • #12
      "Note, these tests are on a 64 bit machine, so they would be about double compared to a 32 bit machine."

      No, they wouldn't.
      Also, unless you tested with no playlist, Clementine uses way more memory than what those tests show. I'm getting 186MB RAM usage with ~4,000 items. Amarok uses 132MB and roughly half the vitual memory.

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      • #13
        Originally posted by BO$$ View Post
        Offtopic: I find that when the system is under heavy HDD load I get stutters when listening to music. Yet when the system is under heavy load in windows it never stutters. As if windows gets better buffering. Does anyone else get this behavior? Is there anything I can do to increase the buffers? I use rhythmbox as of now.
        Not just music stuttering but the UI becomes quite unresponsive as well. I've experienced this behavior for years in several different machines.

        edit: The pertinent kernel bug https://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=12309 since 2008 >600 posts.
        Last edited by talvik; 12-11-2012, 09:38 AM.

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        • #14
          I am glad to see I am not the only one who fell out of love with Amarok after 2.0 I personally don't care about how much memory it uses, for me I don't like the cluttered interface. I don't connect it to internet radio, I don't care about album cover art, I don't need to have the lyircs, ratings and statistics. For me it is all about the music, I just need a simple interface, that is why I now use the deadbeef player and I have never looked back. I can also set it up easily for bit perfect playback to my digital output. My 96Khz 24bit flac recordings have never sounded so good.

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          • #15
            Originally posted by BO$$ View Post
            Offtopic: I find that when the system is under heavy HDD load I get stutters when listening to music. Yet when the system is under heavy load in windows it never stutters. As if windows gets better buffering. Does anyone else get this behavior? Is there anything I can do to increase the buffers? I use rhythmbox as of now.
            How much heavy load? I had compile run in a VM for 10-15min, doing some find on the entire drive in the host system and music was playing fine all along. I do have indexing turned off, but so do many windows users. Using a fairly old HDD too, though it's a 7200RPM one.

            Quite the opposite, I was able to edit an ID3 tag in Linux without the music pausing when saving the file I was listening to. Winamp always pauses when I do that.

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            • #16
              Works fine for me. Currently it uses 55 MB and does just what is needed - plays music. Also, one more vote for Amarok's search capabilities, I use them to create dynamic playlists filled with music of certain rating, score, play count, genre etc.

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              • #17
                Originally posted by GreatEmerald View Post
                Yeah, no. VLC doesn't support MIDI at all. As a matter of fact, with VLC you can't even add MIDI files to the playlist. So that's not an option.
                VLC supports MIDI files according to http://wiki.videolan.org/Midi but one needs SoundFont files first.
                Beside that the VLC back-end never had any problems with randomly stopping playpack of MP3 files.

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                • #18
                  Originally posted by Awesomeness View Post
                  VLC supports MIDI files according to http://wiki.videolan.org/Midi but one needs SoundFont files first.
                  Beside that the VLC back-end never had any problems with randomly stopping playpack of MP3 files.
                  The VLC player does support MIDI, and quite well. However, the VLC backend does not support it. And well, bugs happen, and they get solved, so I just have to wait until everyone switches to GStreamer 1.0.

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                  • #19
                    Originally posted by Awesomeness View Post
                    Then don't use GStreamer. ;-)
                    Amarok, just as almost any other KDE media player, simply talks to Phonon. Simply switch the Phonon back-end (in my case VLC).
                    TRANSLATION: "It is here! We made a true savage beast with a horrible UI, of course we did the coding in such a untalented way that it eats all your ressources and is destined to crash. But we added a nice "feature" for you guys suffering from pathological KDe configurism. Go change the backend at will! Due to our complete lack of competence we decided to not to embrace any audio/video framewok so now it is up to you to flip flop between a variety of buggy half assed solutions. And yeah the million bugs you will encounter dont matter shit to us. Add em to our bugzilla so we can laugh at you. And yes the >350mb RSS is all for the lulz."

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                    • #20
                      Originally posted by funkSTAR View Post
                      But we added a nice "feature" for you guys suffering from pathological KDe configurism. Go change the backend at will! Due to our complete lack of competence we decided to not to embrace any audio/video framewok so now it is up to you to flip flop between a variety of buggy half assed solutions.
                      Yeah, how dare the KDE developers try to maintain binary compatibility. They should just do what everyone else does and break it randomly and without warning.

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