Amarok 1.4 in Jaunty (Ubuntu 9.04)

3 Apr 2009  •  Comments

UPDATE 2009-06-11:  Not confirmed but the PPA structure has changed so I have updated the location of the repos.  I have not tested to see if the packages are sane or not.  Hopefully someone will be able to confirm. Bogdan (and another user) have confirmed that the PPA is back online and functional. Please use the updated PPA (instructions below have been updated).  THANKS Bogdan!!!

UPDATE 2009-06-10: This method currently doesn't work.The PPA maintainer is working on fixing the packages.

UPDATE 2009-04-25: Wow!  I wasn't expecting this much of a response to this article!  I'll try to clean it up as some of the commenters have had issues with the first couple of steps.  Hope that helps!  Also just want to clarify again that I'm not the maintainer of the PPA.  I am simply a messenger showing you how to use it... :)

I recently upgraded to the latest release of Ubuntu (due out at the end of April) and found that they had replaced Amarok 1.4 with the incredibly nasty Amarok 2. I spent a day messing with Amarok2 trying to get it to behave but it just wouldn't. Not to mention the CPU spikes it was causing, so I trashed it.

I tried other media players but after 3 - 4 years of using Amarok I've been spoiled and have come to rely on certain features no other player has.

So today I hunted down a way to install Amarok 1.4 in Jaunty and found this PPA

Here are the steps I took:

Add the PPA to your sources by creating a new file for the Amarok PPA:

gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/amarok.list

Then in that new file add the following two lines:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/bogdanb/amarok14/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/bogdanb/amarok14/ubuntu jaunty main

Add the key for the PPA:

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com \
0x1d7e9dd033e89ba781e32a24b9f1c432ae74ae63

Now update your sources, remove Amarok2 and install Amarok1.4:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get remove amarok
sudo apt-get install amarok14

And enjoy the best media player ever made!

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