I’ve just released Vagalume 0.3, the Last.fm client for Gnome and Nokia 770/N800/N810.
Although I said that I’d begin to improve the UI after releasing version 0.2, I finally decided to implement some other basic features first. Fortunately these last two days I’ve had some time to work a bit on the UI too, and thanks to the help of my mates Felipe and Mario now we have some icons and other minor UI enhancements 🙂 (by the way, check Felipe’s blog for new ideas concerning Vagalume)
Here’s a screenshot of Vagalume 0.3 on a Nokia N800. There’s still a lot to do but at least I hope that it doesn’t look so boring:
What’s new in Vagalume 0.3?
Major changes in this release include:
- Support for lastfm://play/ URLs. These are the 30-second previews (and sometimes full-length tracks) that you get clicking on most of the songs in the Last.fm webpage.
- If you click on a lastfm:// link in other application (the web browser, the e-mail client) now it will be opened with Vagalume (Maemo only feature)
- Some of those full-length tracks can be downloaded (see examples below). There’s a new button to download the mp3 file in Vagalume for those tracks. Right now they’re always stored in the Audio Clips folder and there’s no progress bar, but I’ll improve that in future releases.
- As you can see in the above screenshot, now Vagalume shows the album cover of the track being played
- We have new buttons to love, ban and download tracks, and icons for all of them
And now a bit of spam: I’d like to recommend a couple of tracks from some local bands for you to test these new features 🙂
The first one is a band from Ourense called Annie Hall. They sing mostly in Spanish and their guitar pop is (in their own words) influenced by bands such as Teenage Fanclub and The Jesus and Mary Chain. You can listen to their whole record in its page at Last.fm, or you can play it with Vagalume clicking on these links (all tracks are downloadable):
- Cómo lo ves
- Haga clic para encender (whole album)
The other band is 6PM, a Galician band whose first record, Far From Perfect, has received some good reviews. 6PM sing in English and their music is darker, more electronic and sometimes a bit experimental. Their music is often compared to that of The Postal Service. They uploaded their whole album to Last.fm and here’s the link to my favourite track: Homemade Screener
More info, packages, source code, etc., here.
Update: It seems that in the 770 all buttons appear without images, I’ll try to debug it later and release new packages for the 770.
Update: The problem in the 770 described above has been fixed in Vagalume 0.3a (so that is a 770-only release).
Please put it in maemo extras. Why make life difficult by using a separate repository?
I didn’t know that I could upload packages to maemo extras, I’ll have a look later
Wow! Being last.fm addict all enhancements to client are so welcome. It’s nice to know that you have implemented ban/love functions to current version.
Love and ban have been working since Vagalume 0.1, the only difference is that now they have buttons so you don’t need to go to the menus 🙂
berto: still no images with the 0.3test
You should also create a Garage page, that would enable us to vote for Vagalume as “Pearl of the month” and promote it ! 🙂
It exists 🙂
Alberto… Brilliant. Thank you! 😉
Berto: Yeah, I know that love & ban were hidden into menus, however, Being Last.FM addict I have used to click GUI buttons when using either OSX or Flash clients.
So, that’s why I’m so happy that Vagalume is getting more GUI functions.
Very nice!!! 🙂
Pretty nice… everything seems to work great. I’m really enjoying your Lucecú 0.3 😛
Very interesting… as always! Cheers from -Switzerland-.
Pena de no tener un N8xx para poder probarlo… 🙂
También lo puedes probar en un 770 😉
…y en un PC normal, hay paquetes para Debian etch
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Thank you so much for this. I’ve been using 0.2 on my 770 and loving it. I’m new to lastFM and the Nokia and it works like a charm. One question.. do I have to remove 0.2 before installing 0.3a?
No, you don’t, you should be able to install 0.3a directly. Of course you can remove 0.2 before, but it shouldn’t make any difference.
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Que sepas que por tu culpa me he pillado el N810.
Wuah! un cliente de lastfm en el bolsillo, jaja.
Gracias mil desde València.
Por cierto, muy xulas las dos bandas, y de la tierra.
Vaya albert, pues sí que te ha gustado el programa entonces!!
Si todo va bien la próxima semana saco una nueva versión, así
que estate atento! 🙂
I’d like to congratulate for this very nice software! Now my N770 is even more useful. I also like the album art display!
Great work, keep on going!
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