A few days back, Amarok 2.4.1 Beta 1, codenamed Runscape, was released. This release brings a number of incremental changes and new features. Many bugs found in Amarok 2.4 are also fixed in this release.
Today, the Kubuntu developers have announced that Amarok 2.4.1 Beta 1 is now available in the Kubuntu PPA. But before we get to how to install it, here are some of the major changes and new features in this release:
- Support for NFS and SMB/CIFS has been added in Amarok 2.4.1 Beta 1. This means that remote NFS and SMB/CIF collections can be used in Amarok’s library.
- The Organize dialog has a new “Preview” feature.
- In case some files are missing tags, Amarok can now guess the tags based on the file path.
- A feature in the previous release – to store play counts and ratings – as tags in the files has been reverted in this release. The play count changes far too frequently and, so, it has been excluded from being written into the file as a tag. The ratings are still stored as tags if the user desires.
- The rather annoying bug which crashes Amarok while downloading full size album art has been fixed.
These are just some of the major changes in this release. To see the complete change-log, refer to the release announcement.
Kubuntu (and Ubuntu) users who want to test this release can do so now since Amarok 2.4.1 Beta 1 has been made available in the Kubuntu Beta PPA. However, remember that this is a beta release and there could be bugs. It is available only for users who are using Maverick Meerkat and Natty Narhwal.
To install it, open Konsole (or terminal if you are in Ubuntu) and execute the following commands:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/beta
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install amarok
If you find any bug, you can help by reporting it at bugs.kde.org.