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Amarok music player is now ready for trial on Windows


The KDE Windows Project goes on and as earlier explained this project is to let you run KDE applications on Windows. The development team has recently made available Windows Binaries of Amarok 2.
If you ever needed an alternative to the many music players out there like iTunes, Winamp or Windows Media Player and then try Amarok 2.
Porting Amarok to your windows platform has never been so easy with the available binaries. So what does it take to get started?
Simply move to the KDE Windows page where you’ll find the necessary downloads and a self explanatory manual. There are a pretty number of files to download, nonetheless there is nothing to be scared about, because even the dependencies would be downloaded and installed for you.

The developers also added these guclassing notes;

  • It’ll be a large download, since all the associated KDE libs will be installed. Once KDE on Windows is more stable (hopefully for the 4.1 KDE release) you’ll only have to download the core libraries once, but at the moment the packages change semi-regularly.
    When asked for compiler selection, either MSVC or mingw work fine for Amarok. Unless you’re a developer, there’s really no reason to care which compiler you select at this point, other than the fact the MSVC packages are somewhat smaller (the mingw ones have debugging information embedded in the binaries).
  • Amarok should be able to play the same file formats you’re used to being able to use on Linux, provided you have the appropriate Direct Show filter. As a guide, if WMP can play the file, Amarok should be able to. For file format support, installing ffdshow can help.
  • This is a tech preview, we know there are problems, don’t file bugs. Any bugs filed will be closed anyway, so you’re just wasting someone’s time.
  • As it’s in a pre-alpha state, don’t use it on any files you don’t mind being corrupted/deleted/otherwise mangled. Although I don’t think there are any such problems with it, it pays to be careful since it hasn’t been extensively tested yet.
  • If the installer doesn’t work for you, the installer guys do want to know about that: please post on the KDE windows mailing list and someone will try to figure out the problem.
  • The binaries packages will be updated as development on Amarok 2 progresses. It’s not entirely in my hands though, since I’m not the one making the packages. I’ll try to make a blog post to let people know whenever there’s a new package with some major addition in it, so watch this space.

Amarok should work Windows like it does on Linux, but if you are on Linux and have never tried it, then know has pre-compiled binaries for all the major Linux distributions like Debian, Ubuntu, openSUSE, Fedora and more.