Amarok 2.0 Jingle Contest

The Amarok team needs your help. Amarok are looking for a new, shiny and fresh jingle to play at first start of Amarok 2.0 and are holding a contest to find one. Magnatune and ccMixter have generously offered their help to get this going. The Amarok project will award the winner with fame, glory and a load of cool prizes, including $100 US dollars in cash and cool Amarok swag. The 2 runners up take away some swag as well. Read on for the rules of the contest.

So take some songs from the Magnatune pool, get mixing and submit your jingle at ccMixter.org

Judgment will be done by a totally-biased panel of Amarok people!

A few boring words on licensing...

As this jingle will be distributed along with Amarok 2.0, by non-commercial as well as commercial distributions, the jingle needs to be released under the Creative Commons by-sa license.

Magnatune has allowed Amarok jingles using their samples to be released under this license. However if you use samples from any other source, they need to be under the correct licence or Amarok cannot use it.

Good luck in your efforts to help us make Amarok 2.0 rok the experience of music lovers everywhere!


because really, splash screens aren't irritating enough

By ... at Wed, 2007/07/11 - 5:00am

Right :) We're also looking into animated splash screens.

Throw your love around
Love me, love me
Take it into town

By Mark Kretschmann at Wed, 2007/07/11 - 5:00am

Right. And that's one of the reasons I don't even have Amarok installed. There's plenty of great KDE players that just do their job and not try really hard to annoy you.

By hehe at Wed, 2007/07/11 - 5:00am

Well, I just wonder why thousands maybe million others use it... maybe they are just all silly?! *shrug*

By apachelogger at Wed, 2007/07/11 - 5:00am

Because they have different tastes? You know, "disagreeing" doesn't equal "you're wrong and stupid"...

By Niels at Wed, 2007/07/11 - 5:00am

Because it's extremely difficult to turn the splash screen off...

It's amazing what people will complain about.

By Joergen Ramskov at Wed, 2007/07/11 - 5:00am

It's also amazing that people think their application needs a splashscreen.

"Hey, how about making it start up instantaneously?! Then we wouldn't need a freaking splashscreen. Naaah, let's just look for a new jingle."

What the hell...

By santa clown at Thu, 2007/07/12 - 5:00am

The splash screen can be turned off, the jingle from what I hear will only play during initial startup and can be turned off. If you're put off by such tiny additions to an app, you're really failing to consider the bigger things it has to offer.

By Koshu at Sat, 2007/07/14 - 5:00am

I agree with your assessment concerning the splash screen and the jingle, but I have yet to find a setting to turn of that nasty animation in the playlist where the selection indicator would change color all the time...

By Andre at Sun, 2007/07/15 - 5:00am

I'm not sure I notice Amarok's splash screen at all. It starts up automatically when I log in, along with Kontact and Kopete. It's not like it uses a whole lot of resources when you aren't using it. Or maybe it does, but I hardly notice it with my fairly moderate 1 GB of RAM.

By Spank Me at Wed, 2007/07/11 - 5:00am

Because clearly one should dismiss the greatest music player on any platform because of a splash screen than can easily be turned off.

By T. J. Brumfield at Thu, 2007/07/12 - 5:00am

Yes, because one minor annoyance that lasts momentarily and can be switched off is enough reason to not use an entire application. Oh well, your loss :P

By Koshu at Sat, 2007/07/14 - 5:00am

The first option on the first tab of amarok's configuration dialog is a checkbox for "show splash screen on startup."

By happy amarok user at Wed, 2007/07/11 - 5:00am

Yes, but whiners don't actually look for those things :-P

By Shadowfiend at Wed, 2007/07/11 - 5:00am

Be glad Amarok is a KDE program. If it were a GNOME program, you wouldn't even be able to turn off the splash screen let alone be part of the process for making the splash screen.

By matt at Wed, 2007/07/11 - 5:00am

You should be happy, because since I updated my Mandriva Spring, the splash is all I see of Amarok before it crashes :-)

By Göran Jartin at Wed, 2007/07/11 - 5:00am

Now if you're lucky, you will also be able to hear a jingle!

By zonk at Sat, 2007/07/14 - 5:00am

I have Mandriva 2007 Spring and Amarok works great!.

As it starts along with KDE, will I hear kde jingle and amarok jingle toghether? :p

If it keeps being shuch a good audio player, I don't care if they put a movie when it starts.

By Diego Bello at Tue, 2007/07/17 - 5:00am

...just sit around refreshing the dot waiting to find a new article to complain in? Almost every article these days, the first post is almost always some inane complaint.

Its tiring me out and I'm not even a KDE dev (yet... I'm working on changing that) I feel sorry for the people who put in all this hard work and seem to get nothing but stupid complaints (come on, really you don't use an application because of a splash screen? that can be turned off!)

I can't wait to hear how some of these jingles turn out. I assume this is the track that will be default loaded the first time the Amarok2 is run?

By borker at Wed, 2007/07/11 - 5:00am

Yes. Right now it's a intro spoken by Matthias Ettrich and we want something new for Amarok 2.

By Lydia Pintscher at Wed, 2007/07/11 - 5:00am

ahh, now you mention it I do remember the original one :) Maybe someone can do a Matthias remix.

By borker at Wed, 2007/07/11 - 5:00am

I'm Matthias Ettrich, and I invite you to check-acheck-acheckitout! *some beatboxing here*

By Leo S at Wed, 2007/07/11 - 5:00am

Say no to beatbox, say no to funk and trance, hail Richard Wagner.

Why not a Die Walküre remix?

Hojotoho! Hojotoho!
Heiaha! Heiaha!
Matthias Ettrich
Hojotoho! Heiaha!
Drum sieh, wie den Sturm du bestehst:
ich Lustige lass' dich im Stich!
Hojotoho! Hojotoho!
Heiaha! Heiaha!

By :-) at Wed, 2007/07/11 - 5:00am

Actually, you could make a techno remix of that! xDDDDD

By zonk at Sat, 2007/07/14 - 5:00am

Have you heard the techno remix of RMS singing the GNU song? It's probably best that we don't have a Matthias remix for 'rok 2.0.... ;-)

By Adrian Baugh at Thu, 2007/07/12 - 5:00am

I suggest the halleluia chorus from Handel's messiah, just with the words "Amarok 2" instead of the last halleluiah.

Ha-lleluia, Ha-llelia! Halleluia, Halleluia, Ama-rok 2!!!!!!

By Jordan K at Thu, 2007/07/12 - 5:00am


By nick at Thu, 2007/07/12 - 5:00am

Or yet better - Lordi! "Hard Rock Hallelujah"!

Aaa! Maaa! Rok Hallelujah!! xDDDD

By zonk at Sat, 2007/07/14 - 5:00am

This shouldn't be an absolute.

Complaining about trivial things (such as things you have the option to turn off) seem pretty contrary to me.

However, in the digests, I think people should have the right to express positive and negative sentiments towards changes that are occurring. I believe constructive criticism can be made vastly more tactfully than it has been, but that doesn't mean that we should only heap positive praise on the project.

I love KDE. I try to convert everyone I can. I am extremely grateful that I receive this product free, and that it keeps getting better.

However, unless users voice what they are looking for, developers don't necessarily know.

By T. J. Brumfield at Thu, 2007/07/12 - 5:00am

I have nothing against negative opinions about things, its just the recent influx of comments that are basically a one comment to the effect of '{whatever} sucks'. Critical assessment is an absolutely essential part of a community process, but it should be discussed and supported by useful arguments, not just spewed out and walked away from.

A good example are some of the comments on the recent blog post about the start of a cursor theme for oxygen http://blog.ruphy.org/?p=16 If you look at Troy's comment, it is critical of an aspect of the theme but he supports his comment with a reasoned argument.

By borker at Thu, 2007/07/12 - 5:00am

I am with you there. Sometimes, it concerns me that so many clueless people put so much time into bitching and whining and so little time into actually getting informed. Putting up this kind of FUD here puts off developers, it doesn't improve things.

On the other hand, I think it's quite cool we allow comments on our primary news outlet :>

By Sebastian Kügler at Thu, 2007/07/12 - 5:00am

I don't really find that it is a symptom of the dot, but of the internet as a whole. It is really difficult to find any thread on the internet without anger, elitism, and other disrespectful speech. As you move to more hard-core forums, the disrespectful speech reaches massive proportions. I find it odd...you would think geeks could have intelligent conversations without reverting to calling each other "fanboys".

But I have to say...compared to other geek forums, I am actually more amazed at the amount of love and kudos that KDE *does* receive on the dot. I guess that is the bright side.

By Henry S. at Thu, 2007/07/12 - 5:00am

Hi, talking about Amarok : did anyone else observe that amarok tries to send information with kmail without user (a.k.a. me) agreement ??
I noticed that because Amarok was trying to open kmail... but kmail is not installed!

By David at Thu, 2007/07/12 - 5:00am

Amarok only tries to open kmail when it crashes, so you can send an stacktrace to the devs which may help tracing the origin of the crash. At least, AFAIK.

By Fede at Thu, 2007/07/12 - 5:00am

Yes, and the user has to press the send-button by himself and can add additional comments to the mail. The backtrace itself is completely visible, so nothing is sent without asking the user before.

By Sven Krohlas at Thu, 2007/07/12 - 5:00am

I would like to get that kmail crash thing as optional to get turned off. I dont like that when amarok crash (when or if) it starts opening kmail what takes a while for some reason. I like to send those but not always.......

By Fri13 at Sat, 2007/07/14 - 5:00am

Dive in the code and change it for yourself. It's such a trivial thing it's a waste of time and user interface space to turn THAT into an option... How often does Amarok crash anyway, and you'll get OR the KDE crash dialog OR the kmail one - which only takes slightly longer to start than the normal crash handler.

By Jos Poortvliet at Mon, 2007/07/16 - 5:00am

It just creates a new message, with the backtrace, and a description for the user saying what the purpose is. The user is free to send it, or not.

By Someone at Thu, 2007/07/12 - 5:00am

And well, I sent it when my Amarok 1.3 kept krashing, and it's fixed in 1.4 :)

By David at Fri, 2007/07/13 - 5:00am

Developers Developers Developers Developers...

By zncdr at Mon, 2007/07/16 - 5:00am

will have to have a go at that jingle comp!

as for Amarok - it's cool - I love it - splash/jingle/none - doesn't matter!! (but maybe even nicer if you got a choice of jingles/splashes for those that don't like the one you're going to choose!!!)

the only problem I have with it is the visualisations - tend to make Amarok very unstable - but I'm only using on-board video - so maybe that's it!

Keep up the good work

By dil23 at Tue, 2007/07/17 - 5:00am


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