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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
I tried reviewing Amarok2 before but it won't work on the 64bit machine but since those reviews that were not masturbating about technological details but that were written by people wanting to use an audio player drew a bad picture I thought I should have a look myself. So I went and installed a current Ubuntu release in a VirtualBox and installed the official package. Here's the official screenshot from the amarok site (click to enlarge):
I'm not going into any details about architecture or the KDE inherent tendency to overengineer things in this review, it's just about looking at an audio player and whether it works.
First thing I saw is that Amarok couldn't playback files but didn't give me any error message. After some thinking I remembered that Ubuntu doesn't install codecs by default but Amarok just silently failed. Some error message would have been helpful. Well I opened the MP3 in totem, it asked for codecs and installed them, now Amarok could play files.
The interface looks very crowded, very messy.