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Amarok 2.1: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

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When I first checked out Amarok 2.0 back when it made its debut, I didn’t think it could match up to Amarok 1.4.x in terms of usability or features. In fact, I was far from being the only person to have that opinion of it as the overall release was met by quite a bit of criticism and even fallout from longterm Amarok fans. However, the more I used Amarok 2 the more I started to enjoy it. Now, I actually find myself preferring it to Amarok 1.4.x and it’s all I use for my music for my music these days.

As soon as Amarok 2.1 was released, I mulled over reviewing it for a while. Sure, there are improvements all over the place but there aren’t as many changes in this version as there were in 2.0 when compared to 1.4.x. I decided instead to do a mini review which would be more fitting for an application anyway. Sadly, now Amarok 2.1.1 (the first maintenance release of the Amarok 2.1 series) has been released so I that means I am already around a month late. Oh well, better late than never, right?

Amarok 2.1 comes to us in a desperate time for the music player. Amarok was the king of media players for us KDE fans, and once 2.0 came out, long time users decided to stick to the old version and not adopt the newer releases. Version 2.1 comes with several of the missing features added back, but will it be enough to put Amarok back in the spotlight?

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