Amarok – versatile and easy to use audio player
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 Amarok - the audio player for KDE

There are many media players around these days, true. What's missing from most
players is a user interface that doesn't get in the way of the user. How many
buttons do you have to press for simply adding some new tracks to the playlist?
Amarok tries to be a little different, providing a simple drag and drop
interface that really makes playlist handling easy.


    * Quick and simple drag and drop playlist creation
    * Music library (built-in SQLite, MySQL, or PostgreSQL)
    * Multiple backends supported (xine, Helix, and NMM)
    * Plays all audio formats known to man
    * 10 band equalizer
    * Automatic cover art download using Amazon services
    * The unique and powerful stylable context browser
    * Automatic play-statistics generation (iRate style)
    * Full lyrics download
    * Learn about your music with integrated Wikipedia
    * Full support
    * Visualisations with libvisual
    * Crossfading and gapless playback
    * Fully configurable OSD for track changes
    * K3B (CD-burning) integration
    * Podcast support
    * Access to iPod, iRiver IFP, USB Mass Storage and many other devices
    * Powerful scripting interface
    * Complete DCOP Access
    * KDE integration
    * Preview and buy albums from the music store


    * KDE-Libs 3.3 (or newer)

    * TagLib 1.4 (or newer)
      (metadata tagging library)

    * Ruby 1.8
      (programming language, used for scoring, lyrics, streams)

    * One of the multimedia frameworks listed below:

    * xine-lib 1.0.2 (or newer)
      Note: xine-lib 1.1.1 is required for gapless playback.
      (multimedia framework)

    * RealPlayer 10 or HelixPlayer 1.0
      (multimedia framework)
      (Note: only HelixPlayer is exactly RealPlayer without MP3 support)

    * KDE-Base 3.3 (or newer)
      (needed for Konqueror Sidebar)

    * MySQL 4 or 5
      (faster database support)

    * PostgreSQL 7.4
      (faster database support)

    * OpenGL accelerated X-Server
      (visualization rendering)

    * Libvisual 0.4.0 + SDL 1.2
      (visualization framework)

    * ProjectM 0.96 (or newer)
      (visualization plugins for Libvisual or XMMS)

    * libtunepimp 0.3 (or newer)
      (automatic tagging support)

    * K3B 0.11 (or newer)
      (CD burning support)

    * libgpod 0.4.2 (or newer)
      (iPod support)
      Note: libgpod 0.6.0 is required for the newest Apple iPods.

    * libifp
      (iRiver iFP support)

    * libmp4v2 (mpeg4ip 1.5 is recommended, faad2 is less reliable)
      (MP4/AAC tag reading & writing)

    * libnjb 2.2.4 (older versions may work)
      (NJB mediadevice (Creative Nomad/Zen family, Dell DJ devices)

    * libmtp 0.1.1 (or newer)
      (MTP media device support AKA PlaysForSure)

    * libkarma 0.0.5 && OMFS 0.6.1
      (Rio Karma support via USB) &&
Please note, if compiling from source you must also install the devel versions
of these packages.


In order to compile and install Amarok on your system, type the following in the
base directory of the Amarok distribution:

                % ./configure --prefix=`tde-config --prefix`
                % make
                % make install

Note: --enable-final is not guaranteed to work

Packages for popular distributions are available at


Q: Can I improve Amarok's startup time?
A: Prelinking Amarok has spectacular results; however if you have binary openGL
   drivers (eg Nvidia drivers), you will need to compile Amarok --without-opengl
   in order to get the amarokapp binary to prelink (the amarok binary is not
   important here).


For answers to problems like "Amarok won't play any MP3s!" and "My MP3s skip
and stutter!" please visit:


For Amarok packages we suggest you build:

                % ./configure --disable-debug

It is possible to build Amarok to use MySQL as the database backend. Using
MySQL makes the Amarok collection faster.

We suggest compiling Os, there is no particular part of Amarok that would
benefit from optimisation, so the smallest binary is probably the best route.

In order to limit the dependencies the Amarok package demands we suggest
splitting Amarok into the following packages:

   1. Amarok + one backend
   2. xine-engine
   3. Helix-engine
   4. amarok_libvisual
   5. ipod media device
   6. ifp media device
   7. njb media device
   8. mtp media device
   9. rio karma media device

Amarok is modular and will be fully functional as long as one of 2 or 3 is
also installed. Hence we suggest Amarok + one backend. Feel free to include the
helix, MAS and NMM engines if you can satisfy their dependencies.

Amarok ships with two binaries: amarok and amarokapp. The amarok binary is a
wrapper designed to speed up command line argument passing. amarokapp is the
real Amarok.

If you make packages for Amarok please let us know and we'll link to you on the
homepage (as long as you don't object).


If you wish to contribute to Amarok, you should build it from SVN and subscribe
to the amarok-devel mailing list. The IRC channel is  also  a  place  where
it's  nice  to  be, since you can talk to other developers much easier, and
get instant notification of commits to the SVN. For instant email notification
of commits, visit

IRC : - #amarok,,