Amarok 2.0 released
Music fans get ready. Amarok 2.0 is here. After almost two years of development the latest version of the media player was released yesterday and sports a long list of enhancements.
The most obvious of the changes over previous releases is the new interface which is based on a wholesale overhaul of the old Amarok look. Part of that change comes from the migration from the KDE 3 to KDE 4 framework which includes new technologies such as Plasma, Phonon and Solid.
Underneath the skin, Amarok 2.0 also includes tighter integration with online services such as Magnatune, Jamendo, MP3tunes, Last.fm and Shoutcast. The player also exposes an overhauled scripting API and plugin architecture.
The user interface has been redesigned to make context information like lyrics and albums from the same artist more accessible and allow users to decide which information they want to see by adding applets to the Context View in the middle.
The new Biased Playlists also offer a way to let Amarok take care of playlists in an intelligent way similar to Dynamic Playlists in previous versions.