How To Install Amarok in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal ?

Amarok is one of those applications that you just can't forget once used. I first came around it few years ago (when I was playing around KDE/Qt) and loved it ever since. But then I switched to Gnome and to be honest these days I don't use it much. But when it comes to playing music files in an elegant looking GUI, Amarok is at the top ten without a doubt.

Although I actually can't remember if Amarok type GUIs (Banshee, Rhythmbox, etc) type music players (you know with the iTunes look-n-feel) for Gnome came afterwards, yet for me I think it was actually Amarok that "introduced" that type of look-n-feel.

Main features...

*. Amarok is actually a Qt4 written GUI which uses major multimedia frameworks such as Phonon and Gstreamer. So any audio file (I think it had a video enabling plug-in as well) that's supported by those frameworks, it can play them.

*. A fully featured Equalizer.

*. Very easy to use GUI... especially the KDE4 version, oh I love those colors.

*. Display album-art, change different views, search for files with ease, manage huge collections of audio albums, excellent playlist support.. it's all there.

*. Import files directly from USB or other storage devices (iPod touch, etc).

*. Although this came kinda late, but now you can even attach album arts directly into the audio file (tag-editing) too.

*. Expand its capabilities via Scripts.

*. Rip or listen to Audio CDs.

*. Web integration such as, Magnatune, Jamendo, etc.

These are just a very few to mention of this amazingly beautiful, powerful application. There are basically two ways that you can install Amarok in Ubuntu 11.04 (should work on 10.10 and 10.04). You can either use the below command.
sudo apt-get install amarok
But if you want to install the latest versions of Amarok (this will install the current latest version 2.4.1), then I recommend that you use the Kubuntu PPA for that. So, for that enter the below command instead then.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install amarok kubuntu-restricted-extras
If you have installed Ubuntu restricted codecs, then I don't think you'll need the "kubuntu-restricted-extras" package since you can set Amarok to use the Gstreamer back-end in Ubuntu, but use the whole command, just in case :).

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