Amarok 2 has not yet and will not implement all features from Amarok 1.4[dead link 2017-08-24], so if you are not satisfied with the new version and would rather have the old one back, refer to that article.
Install the package.
Integration with GNOME
See Uniform look for Qt and GTK applications for visual integration of the main GUI.
Scripts and applets
New scripts and applets can be found either directly from within Amarok (Tools > Script Manager > Get More Scripts) or at kde-apps.org.
The moodbar is a feature which turn your standard progress slider bar into a progress slider bar coloured depending on the mood of your track.
Install AUR.AUR from the
Then go to Settings > Configure Amarok and check "Show moodbar in progress slider".
For reasons which have not been adequately explained Amarok developers have removed the SHOUTcast Internet radio features from version 2.1.90 onwards. See the discussion page, the forum here and the thread starting here.
You can get back SHOUTcast by using the "SHOUTcast service" script. Start Amarok, go Tools > Script Manager > Get More Scripts, search for SHOUTcast install Shoutcast Service, restart Amarok. Then you have it in "Internet" context.
See also: How can I use Amarok to stream to my own radio station?, which recommends Internet DJ Console, available in the AUR ( AUR).
If you are streaming MP3s directly or with the Ampache plugin, you are not able to seek in tracks if you are not using the GStreamer backend. Install the needed packages: AUR [broken link: package not found] . Then go inside Amarok to Settings > Configure Amarok > Playback > Configure Phonon > tab Backend. Here make GStreamer the prefered backend
Amarok 2.x can use Sqlite (default) or MySQL to store the collection database. Users with large collections and more demanding performance requirements might prefer to use mysql.
For basic MySQL configuration refer to the MySQL page.
When using Amarok with MySQL you need to create a MySQL user that can access the database. To do use, enter the following:
# mysql -p -u root # CREATE DATABASE amarokdb; # USE amarokdb; # GRANT ALL ON amarokdb.* TO amarokuser@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'password-user'; # FLUSH PRIVILEGES; # quit
This creates a database called 'amarokdb' and a user with name 'amarokuser' with the password 'password-user' who can access said database from localhost. If you want to connect to your database computer from a different computer, change the line to
# GRANT ALL ON amarok.* TO amarokuser@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'password-user';
To configure amarok to use MySQL, enter the Configure Amarok screen, choose Database and mark "used external MySQL database". Enter the server (usually "localhost" if on your local box, else the name of the remote box), the username ("amarokuser" in this example) and your chosen password-user. Do not forget to select the path to your music collection.
Audio CD playback
If you are not using KDE as your Desktop Environment, Amarok may not have the utilities it needs to play back Audio CDs. Install AUR[broken link: replaced by ] from the official repositories to obtain this functionality.
To make Daap shares visible in Amarok enable the "DAAP Collection" plugin in the Amarok settings.
/etc/nsswitch.conf to look like:
hosts: files mdns4_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] nis dns mdns4
avahi-daemon systemd service.