Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Amarok 2.3.2 "Moonlight" released

Man, do I love it when PCLinuxOS repositories bring the latest applications releases as soon as they are live (which is always the case, by the way). Amarok 2.3.2 "Moonlight" was released just yesterday, and here it is!

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You can quickly check out the official RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT for specifics on new features and fixes. Below are some highlights:

- Amarok 2.3.2 is now fully compatible with the latest KDE SC 4.5. Apparently, some important bugs in recent releases were caused by this lack of compatibility.

- Dynamic Collection has received fixes and should now work better with external hard drives and USB mass storage devices.

- The Last.fm internet service now works without using KWallet.

- A new Quick guide, which you can find HERE.


When I started using Linux, Amarok was a favorite among audio players for many, but I couldn't agree after trying it out. I was using Ubuntu back then, which made its use a bit awkward, to say the least. On top of downloading a huge chunk of KDE libraries, Amarok felt out of place inside a GNOME environment. The biggest problem, though, was that Amarok was in a difficult moment from a technical standpoint. Adjusting the platform to the brand new KDE4 base was taking lots of resources and complicating things enormously. As a result, the application was somewhat buggy, slow and cluttered.

Things have taken a significant turn now. KDE has improved by leaps and bounds, and Amarok has followed suit. This last release improves even further and the result is a superb audio player that has little or no competition within the KDE realm.

Totally recommended!


  1. Thanks for the nice review :)

    Mark Kretschmann
    Amarok Developer

  2. @Mark Kretschmann: Thanks for the awesome work you guys do!

  3. As a long time Gnome user I'm new to KDE and after becoming accustomed to Amorok I really like it. Love the option to see "live events" for my artists and using the playlist is really easy. Thanks ;)