Amarok supports storage on external data storage units

Aug 17, 2009

As of yesterday, the Nightly Builds from Amarok now support storage maintenance on USB data storage units. This feature is to be found in Amarok 2.2.

Although music files could already be played over Amarok, the KDE Jukebox was not capable of integrating the tracks in the same library of files. With Version 2.2, that is not the case, as Alejandro Wainzinger reports in his blog. A first version with the USB mass storage support is included in the daily-updated developer version. However, it doesn’t function flawlessly in every regard just yet, so the capability to read data libraries onto USB has been frozen by Amarok for the time being.

Those who would like to take their chances with the new Amarok version, must download the current developer version and install the file .is_audio_player onto the USB medium. USB devices without this specific file will ignore the KDE music player. If you want to configure the entire music file as well, you have to also type in the line:

audio_folder=musicfolder

The entry musicfolder also needs to be replaced by the name of the music directory on the USB. The current version doesn’t support any playlists just yet, nor cover art. The Linux version from Amarok is also the only one supported at this time. Windows users will have to wait.

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