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Revision as of 18:23, 4 January 2012

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Configuring Amarok

On first start, some basic configuration is done; see also Quick Start Guide: Getting Started. But there is more under the hood.

To access the Configuration Menu, go to Settings -> Configure Amarok... and see the following dialog:

Amarok Configuration dialog
Amarok 2.4.1 on
Amarok 2.5 on

General

In the screenshot above, see some General Options you can set. Depending on the distribution, the default settings can vary; sometimes the Splash Screen is disabled for example. When hovering over the options with the mouse pointer, a tooltip will show to explain the individual settings.

General options:

Option Tooltip
Show splash-screen on startup Check to enable the splash screen on Amarok startup.
Show tray icon Check to enable the Amarok system tray icon.
Automatically retrieve cover art Check to enable the automatic retrieval of cover art from the internet.
Enable context applets collapse animations Check to enable animations when context applets collapse.
Automatically scroll playlist to current track Check to make the playlist scroll so the current track is always visible.
Show Moodbar in progress slider The Moodbar makes it possible to navigate in your music visually. Please note that this feature requires the external Moodbar Generator tool, or a script.
Moodbar style Choose the mood display style.

When you enable the Moodbar, be aware of the following requirements: the Moodbar will only display if your tracks have been tagged with moods. For more about the Moodbar, refer to: Moodbar.

Collection

Amarok2.4.1ConfigureDialogCollection.png

This dialog shows your file system in a tree structure, called Collection Folders. Selecting a folder always includes its subfolders. These folders will be scanned for media to make up your collection. You can right-click on a folder to individually rescan it, if it was previously selected.

Collection options:

Option Tooltip
Fully Rescan Entire Collection Rescan your entire collection. This will not delete any statistics.
Import Imports ratings and/or statistics from older Amarok versions, the batch scanner, or media players.
Scan folders recursively (requires full rescan if newly checked) If selected, Amarok will read all subfolders.
Watch folders for changes If selected, the collection folders will be watched for changes. The watcher will not notice changes behind symbolic links.
Write statistics to file Write play-changing statistics (e.g. score, lastplayed, playcount) as tags back to the file.
Write covers to file Write changed covers back to the file. This will replace existing embedded covers.
Enable character set detection in ID3 tags If selected, Amarok will use Mozilla's Character Set Detector to attempt to automatically guess the character set used in ID3 tags.

Import Statistics

This option allows you to import statistics, e.g. ratings and scores from either

  • an older Amarok 1.4.x version (from SQLite, MySQL or PostgreSQL databases)
  • from iTunes

It does not import statistics from an Amarok 2.x database, so if you want to merge an older 2.x database version, you will need to do this by hand.

Formerly Internet Services before Amarok 2.4.1, now Plugins

See the Plugins section.

Playback

Amarok2.4.1ConfigPlayback.png

Configure the playback options, as well as the KDE multimedia framework Phonon.

Option Tooltip
Fadeout on stop If checked, Amarok will slowly fade the volume of the playing track on stop or at the end of the playlist, or stop playback immediately.
Fadeout duration The length of the fadeout, in milliseconds.
Resume playback on start If checked, Amarok will resume playback where you left it the last session -- just like a tape-player.

Configuring Phonon

Phonon is the multimedia framework used by Amarok. It was created to allow KDE 4 to be independent of any single multimedia framework such as GStreamer or Xine and to provide a stable API for KDE 4's lifetime. As an added bonus, it simplifies development by providing a simple API that works across different platforms such as Windows and OS X.

The result of all this for you, the user, is that you can choose the multimedia framework that works best for you. This is usually pre-configured by your distribution.

Playback problems in Amarok are typically not Amarok issues, but rather Phonon issues, as Amarok doesn't handle sound directly anymore.

Device Preference tab
Amarok2.4.1PhononDevices.png

Depending on your OS and distribution, you may need to use ALSA, OSS, PulseAudio, or something else as your default playback device. Find one that works for you with the Test button and apply to all types of output. If you would like different types of output to go with different devices, this is possible as well.

Speaker Setup tab
Amarok2.4.1configSpeakerSetup.png

Should you wish to change the standard speaker setup, here is the place to do it.

Backend tab
Amarok2.4.1PhononBackends.png

Depending on your operating system you may see options such as Xine, Gstreamer, VLC, or DS9 (Windows) here. The recommended phonon-backend for Linux users is VLC or Gstreamer.

If you don't see VLC or Gstreamer, install the package for it. For most distributions the package for VLC, for example, would be phonon-backend-vlc.

Each backend comes with its own codecs, so depending on the backend you choose you will need to also download the codecs, as most distributions don't ship them for legal reasons.

For information on codecs and playing mp3s see the mp3 information page.

Notifications

Amarok Notifications Configuration dialog
Amarok 2.4.1 on
Amarok 2.5 on


Option Tooltip
Use On-Screen Display Check to enable the On-Screen Display. The OSD briefly displays track data when a new track is played. Once checked, the OSD will be visible on your screen and you can drag it to the location you prefer.
Duration The time in milliseconds for which to show the OSD. The value must be between 500 ms and 10000 ms.
Screen Allows you to choose the screen that should display the OSD if you have a multiscreen setup. Default is 0.
Translucent Check to enable translucency if supported by your desktop system.
Font scale (choose the size of the font in the OSD)
Don't show when a fullscreen application is active Do not show On-Screen Display if another application is focused and running in fullscreen mode.
Use custom colors Check to enable custom colors for the On-Screen Display text.
Text color Click to select the color of the OSD text.
Use system notifications Check to use the system notification. This can vary depending on your desktop system and/or distribution.

Database

Amarok2.4.1DatabaseConfig.png

The default database is already set to use embedded MySQL. For most users there is no need to configure an external database, as there is no change in performance. If you want to share your database or use it remotely, you can configure an external MySQL database.

Amarok expects the external database and user account to already exist. The user also requires full access to the database. You MUST restart Amarok after changing these settings.

If your database is not already set up, you can use the SQL commands in the field at the bottom to do so, after replacing the password with the correct one.

Option Tooltip
Use external MySQL Database Check to enable the use of an external database.
Server Enter the name of the existing MySQL server
Port Enter the port number to access the server. Default is port 3306.
Username Enter the username to access the database with full access privileges.
Password Enter the password for the default user.
Database Enter the name of the database. Default preset is amarokdb.

You can find more information about the External Database here.

Plugins (formerly Internet Services)

Amarok Plugins Configuration dialog
Internet Services before Amarok 2.4.1
Internet Services now (Click to enlarge)

Plugins configuration now controls Collections, Devices, and Internet Services.

Collections

Amarok offers you access to the following Collections, if they are available:

Collection Description
AudioCD Collection AudioCD collection plugin for Amarok
DAAP Collection DAAP collection plugin for Amarok
Ipod Collection iPod collection plugin for Amarok
MTP Collection MTP collection plugin for Amarok
Universal Mass Storage Collection UMS/USB collection plugin for Amarok
UPnP Collection UPnP collection plugin for Amarok

Devices

Amarok offers you access to the following Devices, if they are available:

Devices Description
Mass Storage Device Device Plugin for Amarok generic mass storage
NFS Device Device Plugin for Amarok which supports NFS (Network File System)
SMB Device Device Plugin for Amarok which supports SMBFS (Samba File System)

Internet Services

Amarok offers by default the following Internet services:

Service Description Needs configurationIcon-configure.png
Ampache Use an external music server Yes, Ampache server needed
gpodder.net Podcast service. See also gpodder.net No
Jamendo Listen to free music published under Creative Common licenses. See also Jamendo.com No
Last.fm A popular internet radio service, streaming only for subscribers. See also Last.fm Yes, personal information to scrobble
mp3tunes A personal mp3 locker. See also mp3tunes.com Yes
Magnatune Store Preview and buy music from a non-evil record label. See also Magnatunes.com Only for downloads
MP3 Music Store Access the Amazon MP3 Store directly from Amarok Yes
Podcast Directory Browse and subscribe to a huge choice of podcasts No

Other service are available through scripts.

Ampache configuration

If you have access to a remote Ampache music server, click Icon-configure.png and enter the necessary information. You can configure access to more than one Ampache server. For more information see the Ampache section in what follows.

Last.fm configuration

While streaming is free with Last.fm's own online player for residents of the US, the UK and Germany, it only works in Amarok for paid subscribers. Scrobbling is free, however, provided you enter your Last.fm username and password by clicking Icon-configure.png. Amarok allows you to store the password in the secure KDE Wallet. If you decline the use of Kwallet, your password will be stored in clear text instead.

mp3tunes configuration

If you have a personal mp3tunes locker, click Icon-configure.png and enter your username and password. You will then be able to access your online locker.

Magnatune Store configuration

Listen to the music offered by Magnatune for free and buy it directly through Amarok. Click Icon-configure.png to add your membership credentials if you are a member and/or add your email address to re-download music you previously have downloaded from Magnatune.

To download, you then go to the Media Sources pane, select the Internet section and click on the Magnatune Store. It will then download the catalog where you can search and select the music you want to buy.

MP3 Store configuration

Access the Amazon MP3 Store directly from Amarok.

The Amazon MP3 Store needs to know what country you are located in because it offers different items depending on your location. The following countries are allowed:

  • France
  • Austria, Germany, Switzerland
  • Japan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States (default)

NOTE: Changing the country invalidates your shopping cart. If your country is not in the list, you cannot use the Amazon MP3 Store because it is not supported by Amazon.

Scripts

Script configuration dialog in Amarok 2.4.1 (click to enlarge)

Script Configuration in Amarok covers Generic, Lyrics, and Scriptable Service scripts. Scripts are added in the Manage Scripts dialog.

Generic scripts

Generic scripts add functionality to Amarok. The Amarok Script Console is available by default; other scripts which add CD burning, cover image storage, games, and many other choices are available. If installed, these scripts will show up in the Tools menu.

Lyrics scripts

A variety of lyrics scripts are available; Ultimate Lyrics is provided by default. Your chosen lyrics scripts will provide the lyrics shown in the Lyrics applet in the Context pane.

Scriptable Services scripts

Scriptable services, if enabled, will show up in the Internet Services in the Collections pane. Many collections of streams are available, in many languages, and from many sources.

Manage Scripts

At bottom of the configuration dialog are two options:

  • Automatically update built-in scripts
Automatically download and install updates for the built-in scripts from the Amarok website if available. Enable if you usually have a working Internet connections, and want your scripts automatically updated. This will not update user-supplied scripts from KDE-apps.org.
  • Manage Scripts button
Browse, install and uninstall user-supplied scripts; also search, sort and rate the scripts in the Amarok Add-on Installer. Before Amarok 2.4.1, called Get More Scripts.
Add-on Installer
Amarok Script Manager

Using the Add-on Installer, one can install the latest user-contributed Amarok scripts. There are also options to search, sort and rate the scripts.

The Install Scripts and Uninstall buttons can be used to manage scripts. One can install script packages of type amarokscript.tar, amarokscript.tar.bz2, amarokscript.tar.gz

Script Information

Learn more about a script using the Icon-dialog-information.png button.

Amarok Script Info

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