July 10, 2010

Clementine Music Player

For many users (me included), Amarok is the music player of choice. However, the Amarok 2 series introduced a radical change in Amarok for the earlier series and has found many haters. As a result many people still refuse to upgrade to Amarok 2 series and are sticking with Amarok 1.4. For those people who want to have Amarok 1.4 along with the new technologies that Qt4 brings, there is a new music player called Clementine made for the Gnome desktop. Clementine is my new favorite linux music player !

Clementine is basically a port of Amarok 1.4 to Qt4. Techie Buzz author, Sathya Bhat, has already covered Clementine when it was at a very early stage of development. Now, it has matured a bit more. Some of the features have been rewritten to take advantage of new features provided by Qt4. Now with the new release, some new features/improvemnts have been added:
  • Album cover art is now automatically loaded from disk for your library.
  • Cover manager downloads missing covers from Last.fm.
  • Covers for Last.fm radio tracks are shown in notifications.
  • Much better “Various Artists” detection.
  • Shuffle and Repeat modes for the playlist.
  • 10-band equalizer.
  • Playlist columns for album, artist, composer, file type, date
  • Support for Media keys (play, stop, etc.) in Linux.

    Clementine provides a very simple and no-frills interface which is extremely easy to use, just like the one you get with Amarok 1.4. In fact, I think it is the exactly the same interface that Amarok 1.4 had. For software at such an early stage of development, it is extremely stable. I have been using it since yesterday and yet it has not crashed or hung or done anything of that sort.

    Clementine has a dead simple configuration editor, where even newbies will feel quite at home. Like Amarok 2.3, it uses Knotify to notify when a new song starts which is much better than the OSD that Amarok 1.4 uses.

    Feature-wise, Clementine provides most of the features that you would expect from Amarok 1.4. Of course, it does not have stuffs like the applet supports that you get with Amarok 2 series, but users of Amarok 1.4 should be quite satified with the features that it provides. However, it still does not have some very basic things like iPod and MP3 player support. This can however be overlooked for the time being as it is in early development stage.

    A feature missing in Clementine that can however cause problems is that there is no option to use an external database instead of the default SQLite. With a large music library
    SQLite tends to be slow, so with Amarok, I use an external MySQL database to maintain my library. With Clementine I am forced to have SQLite handling the entire library. However, if you have a relatively small collection (from my experience I would say less than 10k songs), this will not be a problem.

    If you would like to try it out you can download the .deb file and install it. It is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. For Ubuntu, Karmic Koala is the only supported version. Since it is Qt based you will also need some KDE libraries to run it.
    [via Digitizor]


    Clementine Music Player gets a PPA, Many New features

    Clementine music player – which we previously dubbed the Ghost of Amarok 1.4 – slipped out a new release a few days back, adding a veritable punnet of new features, bug fixes and translations.
    New features in this .3 release include: -
    • Clementine now uses GStreamer to play music
    • There is now an equalizer in the Tools menu
    • Cross-fading between tracks, and gapless playback
    • Better tag editing
    • Undo and redo in the playlist
    • Minor addition of play/pause icon to tray icon
    • New options to sign out of Last.fm and to hide the Last.fm buttons
    Full change-log can be read @ code.google.com/p/clementine-player/source/browse/trunk/Changelog

    Juiciest selection yet

    In testing out the latest release there is one thing I can say I've noticed: speed.
    The previous versions of Clementine had an annoying habit of scanning my music collection on start-up which, given my music collection is quite large, sometimes slowed proceedings down. This “bug” has been resolved in this latest release and I for one appreciate the difference. Also worth noting is that the initial ‘scan’ of your library should now be much faster, too.
    Clementine 0.3 also feels much more stable and robust – the previous version suffered from a few annoying bugs that resulted in a slightly crash-tastic personality. Not so with 0.3 I'm pleased to say – it hasn’t crashed once in over an hour of use.
    Last.FM is working just as flawlessly as in the previous version.



    You can install Clementine from the Clementine PPA: -
    • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:riccetn/clementine
    • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install clementine
    Alternatively you can install Clementine using the following .deb files: -
    Clementine project page: http://code.google.com/p/clementine-player/

    Source: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/05/clementine-music-player-gets-ppa-many.html