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Getting Amarok to work under gnome

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1. Okay the first thing we want to do, if not done so all ready is to install the “ubuntu-restricted-extras” using the synaptic package manager.
(System/Administration/Synaptic Package Manger)

2. Once that is done, go to terminal mode and type:
(this is so we can download from the experimental amarok site)

sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 0xf3c48cb3011fa791d74acaac60487016493b3065

or

sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 493B3065 # all one line!

3. Now we can proceed to the next step — adding a repository.

Go to Synaptic Settings/Repositories/Third Party Software and add:
(this is so we can get the latest beta release: 2.0.90

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/kubuntu-experimental/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main

4. Hit “Reload”

5. Exit out of Synaptic.

6. If amarok is running, quit it.

7. Go to terminal mode and type:

sudo apt-get install libxine1-ffmpeg
(this gets the xine mpeg codecs)

sudo apt-get install amarok
(this will install latest version of amarok over the top of what’s already there)

if you get things like:

Unknown media type in type ‘all/all’
Unknown media type in type ‘all/allfiles’
Unknown media type in type ‘uri/mms’
Unknown media type in type ‘uri/mmst’
Unknown media type in type ‘uri/mmsu’
Unknown media type in type ‘uri/pnm’

That’s okay…

8. And if we did our homework right, you should be able to fire up amarok (under gnome) and it should be able to play mp3’s!

9. Side effect of running KDE apps under gnome: it will launch the KDE “cache cleaner” every so often. Known bug. Doesn’t hurt anything, but it’s a known problem, and it is annoying.

10. If you bring up amarok, and it crashes, it’s a beta – quit out and try again. I had to try a few times before it loaded.

Last.fm (audio scrobbler) is a tad flakey — this is a beta. And the equaliser has been removed….