Amarok 2.0 First Alpha Released
Linux users have been in love for a long time with the Amarok music player and it's also been gaining attention lately as great alternative to Apple's iPod and iTunes vendor lock-in. In fact, Amarok is even going mainstream, appearing on must-have lists at Web sites like Lifehacker. Developers announced this week that the first alpha release of Amarok 2.0 is available with some great new features and a cool user interface.
Codenamed Malina, the final version of Amarok 2.0 is expected to have "new SVG-based scalable theme, advanced scripting, dynamic collections, usability improvements, improved media devices handling, new podcast manager, [and] support for more software platforms." Right now, however, the alpha release sports:
- Better looking artwork through the use of vector graphics
- A new user interface with drag and drop functionality, a space efficient playlist, a plasma-powered context view
- Improved integration with Last.fm, Magatune, and other online music sources
- A new scripting interface based on Qt technology
- Support for mobile devices The groundwork for cross-platform functionality
- The beginning framework for new biased playlists, that uses a sort of fuzzy logic to determine what song you might like to hear next.