Manage Music in Linux

If your are someone like me and have a huge music library and hate manually going and playing each track then Amarok is the tool for you. Amarok is a KDE application which is used to manage your music collection in different ways. Installing Amarok isn’t a hassle because it either comes by default in most Linux distros or is present in their repositories.

When you first load up AmaroK it loads up in your panel with an icon of a wolf over a blue circle

Clicking the icon show an interface like this:

In the Center is the play-list area which shows the current tracks you have in your queue, but none of this will work till you specify in AmaroK where your music is located, to do so click on Settings then click on Configure AmaroK. Then on the left side click on collection

Select the folder/folders where your music is located and check both “Scan Recursively” and “Watch Folders For Changes” so that anytime you add new music to the selected folders it will automatically be imported to AmaroK. Now Amarok will take some time depending on the size of your music collection to go through it. When all music is imported click on Collection to see your current collection

AmaroK automatically sorts your music based on the artist and album name. Another nifty feature of Amarok is that it can produce statistics based on the music you listen to and can then list which is your favourite artist or album, to see the statistics click on tools, then click on statistics

Another cool but not really necessary feature of AmaroK is that it has a cover manager which basically shows all the covers of your current albums.

The best part is even if you don’t have covers for an album AmaroK can fetch them from the Amazon music store. My most favourite feature of Amarok is its plug in architecture meaning you can install extensions like in Firefox that extend the functionality of AmaroK

Hope you enjoyed and i hope you will enjoy your music much more with AmaroK


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