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July 18, 2006

Ravin’ to the tunes with amaroK on SUSE Linux 10.1

by @ 6:38 am. Filed under General SUSE, SUSE Tips & Tricks

New jobs can be stressful. Old ones can be, too, I guess. But new ones are, for sure. So, when you’re at your new job and trying to concentrate on your work in your brand new, shiny, spacious 6 x 6 ft cubicle, what do you do? Did I mention that there are about 382 cubicles in this one huge room? And everyone else’s job in the room is to be on the phone. And there are always about 10 times more things to do than can realistically be done (great for the job security, though). The stress is high, the pressure is high, and the time is short. What do you do to get into the zone?

Well, a few years ago, I worked at a certain software company where the main developer of our flagship software listened to what he called “trance.” I thought to myself, “Self, that is truly a wanna-be genre. Sounds like a joke to me.” Thus, I never gave it the chance that I normally would have. See, I’m totally open-minded when it comes to anything. That is why I told him to sell it somewhere else.

Anyway, my good friend Jason said to me, “Dude, you should listen to ‘trance.’ It will totally help you concentrate.” I was all like, “Dude, no way, man!” He was all, “Dude, yeah, totally.” And I was like, “Dude.” And he was like “Dude.” And I was like, “Dude.” And he was like “Dude.” And I was like, “Dude.” And he was like “Dude.”

I finally gave in and decided to try it.

Well, naturally the golden question came up: How should I listen to my exciting new fresh, artistically-charged tunes? That’s when Jason broke out the heavy artillery. He simply suggested, “Man, you need to try amaroK.”

amaroK is actually quite slick. If I had three hours, I could explain everything about it. For now, just install it and take my word for it. You will really like it. It’s a slick media player. It can even do your podcast subscriptions for you. Very cool stuff.

Oh, and you should try out Paul Okenfold. He has some sick stuff. Also, go to and check out some of the tunes there.

Trance works a lot like some of my ADD medication did, especially the adderall. Helps your entire body and mind focus on the task at hand, and gives you a lot of motivation, energy, and desire to do whatever you’re working on. Good stuff, baby.

5 Responses to “Ravin’ to the tunes with amaroK on SUSE Linux 10.1”

  1. Clint Savage Says:

    Hey man, if you like trance, you’ll really like chill. Here’s a couple streams you can enjoy for free: – Space Station is my favorite.

    I found these at and respectively.



  2. Mike Says:

    Amarok really does kick ass, but Novell will never do anything with Amarok or push it because its KDE and not Gnome/Mono etc. The fave over there has to be Banshee even though it can only do a fraction of Amarok. Its the same for DigiKam and F-Spot I’m afraid.
    Love the site by the way.

  3. Scott Morris Says:

    Yep, you are right on that one. I worked there and all I heard was BANSHEE this and BANSHEE that. I installed it and was absolutely astounded at what I saw… or didn’t see. Virtually featureless. Whatever. I like amaroK.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  4. anzevi Says:

    This is a funny story… I speacially liked the “dude”, “dude” part 😀

    Now, that’s what I call a good writing! 😀

  5. E@zyVG Says:

    Funny story, especially the dude stuff.

    When i want to listen to my collection i use amarok. Only when i need to launch a single audio file, i use audacious.

    At work I usually tend to listen to what i like and podcasts.

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