Say what you want about KDE, but I don’t think the merits of its default music player, Amarok, would be argued by those who have tried it. I’ve got version 2.3.1 on my installation of openSUSE; let’s see what all the fuss about!
This is the main window. Some features of note, from left to right:
- Your music is sorted automatically by artist, then album, then track. At least mine was.
- Lyrics are fetched for you, where available, as is the artist’s Wikipedia page. Sweet!
- Cicking on any track in the left pane will add it to a playlist on the right, which you can reorganize to your heart’s content, then save.
A small but illustrative example of KDE innovation: This is a pop-up notification that you can position anywhere on your desktop, simply by dragging it there. Clever.
Streaming services and online music stores are also supported in Amarok.They can be added to a playlist just like any local file. A search for additional plugins came up empty, which was a bit odd — I was hoping to get access to my local 7digital store, at least. Maybe I didn’t set it up right?