Vagalume 0.7 released

Posted by berto on September 01, 2008

Stream your favourite records

In this world of broadband internet access, when we talk about music the concept of owning a record is losing its meaning, as anyone with a decent connection can easily download all the music that they want, but that doesn’t mean much: in the past a guy with hundreds of records at home was certainly a music lover. Nowadays any teenager with a DSL connection can easily have the same amount of songs in a few days or weeks and yet have much less interest in music.

Besides this, an increasing number of artists are uploading their songs to websites such as MySpace, Last.fm, iLike and others. So in many cases you don’t even have to download mp3 files to your computer in order to listen to new records from your favourite artists. You don’t have to own a record to be passionate about it.

If you don’t need to store in your computer your e-mail, your photos, your documents and your videos, does this mean that you don’t need to have your favourite records either? This is not the case right now, and I obviously don’t know what’s the future going to be like, but it certainly seems that things are moving in that direction.

In the case of Last.fm (and outside of the UK, US and Germany, see the previous link) there are lots of records that can be already streamed for free. Such is the case of the great Swedish label Labrador, which have their (almost) complete catalogue available in Last.fm.

Labrador

Many other artists ranging from the less popular ones (Tarántula, 6PM, Menomena) to the best sellers (Nine inch nails) can be listened on demand for free. There is a group in Last.fm dedicated to this kind of records. While you won’t see many free albums from mainstream artists, the selection is by no means restricted to unknown amateur bands with no record contract. Many well-known independent artists (those who play in the most popular music festivals and appear regularly on specialised magazines) have free albums available (examples here, here and here, and also the aforementioned Labrador label).

Vagalume 0.7 is out

For all the things explained above, it’s very useful to be able to keep a list of all your favourite music that is available on demand. That’s why the new Vagalume 0.7 introduces a new feature that I had already talked about during Guadec: bookmarks.

With the bookmark manager you can have a list of Last.fm radio URLs (those starting with lastfm://). This includes all of your favourite radios (your best friends’ libraries, your preferred tags, etc.), and also all the free music available in Last.fm. I like to think about it as the equivalent of the music library in Rhythmbox and other programs. To add free albums to your library you just need their lastfm:// address. It used to be available in each album’s page. However after the Last.fm site update it’s no longer there. They are working on it. Meanwhile, there are workarounds (see here and here).

Vagalume’s bookmark manager is still very simple, but I think that it is “good enough” TM to get started and to get the idea. It’ll be improved in future releases.

Another interesting feature in Vagalume 0.7 is that the desktop version has finally D-BUS support. Thanks to the vagalumectl script that is provided with the package, you can now control Vagalume (play, stop, skip, change radios, love tracks, etc.) from a remote host using SSH, for example.

The multimedia keys in some keyboards are supported as well. We have also added Latvian and French translations, and fixed some annoying bugs (activity in our bug tracker is increasing, thank you reporters!).

Last but not least, support for the Moblin platform has been enhanced. We have some binary packages now in case you want to try them out.

Regarding the MS Windows version, it’s still experimental. Vagalume 0.7 for Windows is not ready yet, but we’ll try to release some packages soon.

As usual, go to the Vagalume page for details on how to get it.

Going back to Germany

On another note, I’ll be flying again to Berlin in a couple of weeks, this time for OSiM World and the Maemo Summit. There’s going to be a lot of people there so it’ll be a great opportunity to meet known faces again :)

It’s also a good chance to see Vagalume running in a device other than a Nokia Internet Tablet: during OSiM World I’ll be showcasing the Moblin port in one of Intel’s MIDs.

See you in Berlin !

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  1. Andrea Grandi Mon, 01 Sep 2008 20:07:00 CET

    Great job! Already installed on my Ubuntu, I’ll upgrade it on my N810 as soon as possible.

    We’ll meet in Berlin at Maemo Summit!

  2. Faz Tue, 02 Sep 2008 05:31:20 CET

    Nice update! Thank you!! :)

    Can’t wait to start bookmarking some global & local tags and playlists.

    The Vagalumectl script works as expected, liking your examples. :) I’m currently remote controlling my N810 from my E90 using PuTTY. Now if I only knew how to write a friendly front end GUI…

  3. Ryan Tue, 02 Sep 2008 06:04:58 CET

    Yes, nice update, as always! Just FYI, though, the Garage tracker is not bugzila (though Garage tracking will eventually be moving to bugs.maemo.org). ;)

  4. Peet Tue, 02 Sep 2008 10:58:03 CET

    The blinking update notifier in Diablo (the latest Maemo OS for N8x0) offered 0.7~chinook while the screenshot on http://maemo.org/downloads/product/OS2008/vagalume/ implies that there is a 0.7~diablo version out as well.

    Has the latter been pushed out into the diablo Extras repo yet? Like many users, I’ve got both chinook and diablo repos enabled until more apps become diablocized…

  5. berto Tue, 02 Sep 2008 12:46:56 CET

    Ryan: you’re right, I’m too used to call bugzilla to every bug tracker :) I’ve corrected the post.

    Peet: yes, there’s a diablo build too, it’s already available in the repository.

  6. Peet Tue, 02 Sep 2008 14:31:43 CET

    Thanks berto. It was a case of dual repo entries having crept into app manager which somehow confused it. All is well now.

    (off topic: After eliminating the duplicate entries the app manager was compulsed to offer reinstallation of all the recent updates, to which I agreed to get rid of the superfluous updates screen; OM weather of course required a restart… ;)