Chapter 2. Quick Start Guide

Congratulations on installing Amarok, the most advanced music discovery software available. Amarok will help you explore your music, and enjoy it as never before. Also, you can tour different sources of music, radio stations and audio books online. In this guide, we'll show you how to let Amarok find your collection, play it for you, and also how to use Amarok to find things online. We'll assume that you know nothing about Amarok, but do know how to use menus, a mouse, and your keyboard.

Getting started

Starting Amarok

If you already know your way around your operating system, you probably also know how to start Amarok, and you can continue. Else, continue reading.

From Plasma

If you are running the Plasma Workspace, you can start Amarok by either:

  • pressing on Kickoff and then MultimediaAmarok.

  • invoking KRunner (Alt+F2 by default), entering amarok and then pressing Enter.

From the file manager

Open a multimedia file that Amarok is known to play.

First Time

The first time you use Amarok, a dialog box will come up asking you to specify your locale:



Next, a First Start dialog box will come up asking you to specify where your music is located. If you have a music directory already configured in your system, Amarok should detect it and ask you to use it:



If you select No in this dialog, you will be presented with another one which allows you to select your music folder:



See Setting Up a Collection

Once you have selected the folder where your music is, Amarok will scan the folder and sub-folders, creating the collection. This can take some time, depending on the number of tracks and the speed of the location.

Closing Amarok

If you want to close Amarok:

  • Type Ctrl+Q when you are in the Amarok window, or

  • Select the Quit option in the Amarok menu, or

  • Right-click on the blue wolf icon in the System Tray at the bottom of your screen. You will be presented with the following:



If you close the Amarok window by clicking Close on the window border, Amarok will continue to run in the background and only show the blue wolf icon in the System Tray:



If you log out of your session or shut down your computer without quitting Amarok, some of your settings will not be saved.