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Songbird vs. Amarok: How not to design a GUI

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Recently I forced myself to uninstall Amarok 1.4 and try Amarok 2 again. I saw there were some nice updates to the interface coming in the next version so I grabbed the latest version from SVN.

I very quickly started looking for other alternatives, and you'll soon see why. The best I could find was Songbird.

I think it's interesting to compare Songbird and KDE4, both being bleeding-edge music players for Linux with a similar philosophy and feature set. So let's compare GUIs.

Playlist

In Songbird the playlist dominates the window by default. This is good because seeing a list of music is what I want. It's the whole point of a music player.

I strongly dislike the "filter pane" style of browsing my music.

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