How to Install Amarok 2.5 (beta1) in Kubuntu/Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot?

Amarok without a doubt is one of the best free and cross-platform music players and is also one of the major components of the KDE desktop environment. It supports few multimedia frameworks (Gstreamer/Phonon and player engines such as Xine), has  beautiful UI design, lets you easily manage “big” music collections … what can I say, it rocks!.

But, to be honest I haven’t used it in a while because I’m drifted towards Gnome and their applications because I use Ubuntu and in Ubuntu which is primarily build on Gnome, when you try to install Amarok, it requires some decent amount of dependencies outside of Gnome.

Anyway, if you’re an Amarok fan (despite some of the recent UI changes that some criticized) who uses KDE as the primary desktop then you’d love to know that few days ago they released Amarok 2.5 beta 1.

And the 2.5 release should be released within the next few days if everything goes according to plan as well.

Amarok-music-player-2.5-beta-1-300x137 Comparing with recent changes there aren’t a lot of changes but the 2.5 beta 1 brings few major features according to the official release page

*. Re-written USB storage support (not sure what that means actually… perhaps USB3.0 has something to do with it).

*. Few bug fixes concerning the iPod plugin.

*. And a new Amazon MP3 store support, so if you’re willing to spend few bucks, now like with Banshee, you can use Amarok to purchase music files through Amazon!.

Although I didn’t tested this but I think you should be able to install Amarok 2.5 beta in Kubuntu/Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot (don’t seems to have beta packages for other Ubuntu versions) by using a PPA channel thanks to Paulo Dias.

As usual, type the below commands in your Terminal window install it.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:paulo-miguel-dias/peppa

sudo apt-get install

sudo apt-get install amarok

Yep, I think that should do it. Enjoy!.

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

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