5 Improvements for Amarok


My favorite music player in Linux is amaroK. But, despite all its advantages, there are some areas where amaroK could have done better.

Show Current Song Title on Mouseover

Currently, there is no way I can know what song is playing without opening the application window. In the XMMS Status docklet, the name of the current song will popup if you hover over the system tray icon for some time. Although amaroK shows the song title on song change, it is not shown on mouseover.

Update: amarok has this feature – but some bug in Fedora Core disables it.

Repeat Loop for Artist

amaroK has three different repeat modes…

  • Repeat entire playlist
  • Repeat current album
  • Repeat current track

amaroK Repeat Modes

I would like another repeat loop – ‘Repeat Current Artist’

Repeat loop for all queued tracks

Yet another repeat loop I would like is ‘Repeat all Queued Tracks’.

Less Processor Intensive

One of my main complaints about amaroK is that it is kinda processor intensive. Even when the application is minimized to the system tray, amaroK is at the top in the list of the ‘top’ command. I am not sure that anything can be done about this – decoding MP3 involves a bit of crunching.

Songs must start from the beginning on application launch

Amarok has a feature called ‘Resume playback on start’ – if it is enabled, amaroK will automatically start playing the last played song on startup. The problem is that the song don’t begin at the beginning – it start from the point at which we quit last time. If you quit amaroK at the middle of a song, the next time you start amaroK, it will automatically start playing from the beginning of that song.

This is a very useful feature – I have it enabled. However, I want the song to start from the beginning.

If you want to enable this feature, it can be found here…

Settings > Configure Amarok > Playback > Resume playback on start

That’s my list for now – do you want to add anything to this list? Leave it in the comment section.


  1. on mouseover Amarok *does* show current song track information.

    I have one suggestion for amarok though. In amarok if I add 20-30 songs ( so that the song list frame is full), I can not right click on the song list frame to clear list. I have to do that through menu. If they could fix is problem it will be cool.

  2. @rohitj
    Thanks for letting me know – I checked it – its not showing up in my system. However, it is possible in my brother’- Debian system. Its a bug. So amaroK has that feature.

  3. Hello,

    Amarok is cool, but I have a suggestion… Aside from those already discussed of course.

    The popup that shows when each new song starts is nice, but I wish it could be less “in your face”. As is, it’s right in the middle of the screen and covers a lot of the screen for many song titles. All I need to see is the text. Any way to make that less annoying?

  4. @TheJointChief
    That can be configured. Open Amarok, go to ‘Settings > Configure Amarok > OSD’. Now drag the OSD Preview to where you want it to appear.

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