[Bug 34380] Noatun Playlist Skinning and Integration

Beat Fasel beat_fasel at yahoo.com
Sun May 4 00:10:37 BST 2003

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------- Additional Comments From beat_fasel at yahoo.com  2003-05-04 01:10 -------
I find it very unfortunate that this bug has been closed.  
Following the discussion at the Dot http://dot.kde.org/1051820688, I have the impression that the 
reasons why so many people are unhappy with Noatun/Arts are threefold: 
(1) Interface (playlist functionality, playlist skinning, application layout) 
(2) Stability (Interface of Noatun and/or Arts) 
(3) CPU consumption (and threfore skipping of songs under heavy load) 
In this post, I only focus on point (1) and specificly on skinning. Unfortunately, I don't like Noatuns 
default layout and am using skins therefore. However, if only the main application is skinned and the 
playlist/equalizer not, it gives the impression that there are three independent applications.  
Furthermore, the playlist and the equalizer cannot be docked, so if you would like to move around 
the Noatun and make space for another application, you have to move three windows (Noatun, the 
playlist and maybe the equalizer)! 
As I said before, I think that Winamps/XMMS's interface approach is not perfect, however, good 
enough. That I am not alone with this opinion you can see in this online poll:  
Favourite Linux music players (04-05-03): 
XMMS: 82% (661 votes) 
ogg123: 5% (41 votes) 
mpg123: 5% (37 votes) 
(net)Rhythmbox: 4% (36 votes) 
Noatun: 3% (25 votes) 
JuK: 1% (6 votes) 
Now I understand that the authors of Noatun don't like Winamp/K-Jofol's skins and/or playlists. 
However, Noatun is the central Media application of KDE and so I guess there should be a player 
that a lot of people can use and like. 
See it also like this, if you allow for improved playlists and skinning, there will be not many people 
left critizing your work and comparing it to Winamp/XMMS/K-Jofol, as it will look and feel (if these 
skins are activated) the same. Just for your peace of mind! :-) 
Anyway, I like Noatun and Arts and am deeply impressed by the work you guys are doing! 

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