Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Sep 2010 17:58 UTC
Apple As I was casually browsing around today, I came across this blog post. It's about the recently released VLC media player for the iPad, which you can use to play just about any video under the sun on your iPad. The blog post is a complaint about a bit of help text that's not properly rendered inside the application - annoying, but no dealbreaker. Until I actually read the text - this is how you're supposed to get content on your iPad?
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Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

I used Amarok once, saw vertical tabs, and I died a little.

Also, this is relevant how?

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Because when someone points out that something that Apple has done is a very long way from being perfect he then picks out something he thinks is worse, or just as bad, and that gives him warm fuzzies.

In reality, Amarok is miles better than iTunes because it can actually organise your music the way that you want and in a way that's relevant - not Apple. The functionality it has is also miles ahead of iTunes so I don't know where that came out of the blue from either, but it probably means he knows it's true. Oh, and the vertical tabs are gone.

Edited 2010-09-23 00:48 UTC

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I recently moved from Deb 5 to Deb 6.

Old Amarok, I simply setup a generic mobile device entry pointing at a directory separate from my main library; files got renamed applicably and dropped in place for an easy rsync to my physical mobile device.

New Amarok, they seem to have "tried to help" with the new interface. I can't organize files from the "now playing" listing or alternatively, get a nice full window view of my library. I can't seem to setup a generic device pointed back at my Portable directory so I'm left with only the option to manage media through the filesystem.

If I'm missing some hidden list of options in Amarok, I'd be grateful to be told so. Otherwise, they seem to have copied Itunes ability to hinder the user.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I used Amarok once, saw vertical tabs, and I died a little. Also, this is relevant how?


Amarok doesn't have vertical tabs since ages.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amarok_%28software%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Amarok_2_3_0.png

I have no information on how well Amarok works recently in conjunction with libimobiledevice, but since Amarok works just fine with ordinary USB devices with VFAT (generic MP3 players) support, I don't see why any iDevice should present a problem any longer.

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MacMan Member since:
2006-11-19

Amarok, that is one hideously ugly piece of software.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I used to agree with you. I thought amarok was terrible( as were all the other linuxy media players) but I recently gave it another try. Verdict: its pretty awesome. iTunes always seemed to be the windows media player of the Mac. You can count on it being installed and better than real player, but still so absurdly wrong.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I used to agree with you. I thought amarok was terrible( as were all the other linuxy media players) but I recently gave it another try. Verdict: its pretty awesome. iTunes always seemed to be the windows media player of the Mac. You can count on it being installed and better than real player, but still so absurdly wrong.


Amarok is indeed an awesome media player/manager, but a number of people profess to be disenchanted with the change in Amarok from version 1.4.x to version 2.x which occurred with KDE 4.

Personally, I think that maybe these people just wanted to jump on a perceived bandwagon involving bitching about KDE 4, but that perception might just be mine.

In any event, for those who liked Amarok as it was circa version 1.4.x, there is now the option of running Clementine player instead.

http://www.ubuntugeek.com/clementine-player-a-cross-platform-music-...
http://www.clementine-player.org/

One can even run Clementine on Windows.

Clementine's claimed support for iDevices is pretty reasonable:
http://code.google.com/p/clementine-player/wiki/PortableDevices

http://images.clementine-player.org/screenshots/clementine-0.5-2.pn...

iPod classic, iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad are all supported on Mac and Linux (on Linux Clementine requires libgpod and libimobiledevice to be installed), and on Windows (the latter three iDevices require iTunes to be installed).

Only where there is iTunes (i.e. on Mac and Windows) would the iDevices DRM be supported/invoked (depending somewhat on your point of view, I suppose).

Edited 2010-09-23 06:18 UTC

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