Sep 272008

aTunes is a multi-platform Java based fully featured audio player and audio manager aTunes supports Windows, Linux, Unix operating systems. aTunes currently plays mp3, ogg, wma, wav, flac, mp4 and radio streaming, allowing users to easily edit tags on the audio files, organize music and rip Audio CDs.

Features include,

Multiple Audio formats and Radio and Podcast support with shuffle, repeat and karoake functions

Uses mPlayer or Xine engine

Reads, writes and edits audio tags with Auto tag edit tools and shows pictures included in the ID3v2 tags

Categorize albums based on artist album or genre and filter options using the above categories

Support for huge multiple playlist, with thousand of songs

Full Drag-and-Drop support. Songs can be dragged from the navigator or from the OS file system

Connect your portable player or anything that could be mounted as a file system, and view in aTunes, copy to repository, synchronize, etc.

Songs, albums or artists can be selected as favorites

Artist search tool in different web pages: YouTube, Google Video , Wikipedia, etc.

AudioScrobbler information: when a song is being played, album information, artist albums and similar artists are shown profile update: songs played are submitted to your profile

Lyrics information: when a song is being played, automatically aTunes shows lyric

Subscribe your favorite podcast feeds and listen them in aTunes. Download podcast feed entries to your hard disk

aTunes includes a cd ripper tool, using cdda2wav, lame, flac and oggenc. You can select which tracks rip, and get track names and cover automatically from Amazon.

Support for optional Nero AAC encoder and CDParanoia on Mac OS X and Linux

Statitstics on Songs played, songs never played, most played etc

For a full list of features, click here

Install aTunes

Click this aTunes 1-click install1-click installer for aTunes from Packman to download the YaST Metapackage file (YMP) for aTunes on openSUSE 11.0 & openSUSE 10.3. Once downloaded, this will automatically launch with YaST Package Manager to install aTunes. Click Next on the aTunes installation window and click next on the installation proposal window showing the repositories selected and the package selection for aTunes. This adds the required repositories and downloads and installs the aTunes and relevant dependency packages. Click Finish when the installation successfully completes.
aTunes install description aTunes proposal

Successful installation
This installs aTunes under “Applications – Multimedia” as “aTunes“.

aTunes in Multimedia menu aTunes repository selection

Click aTunes from the menu to launch your newly installed aTunes.Launching for the first time, aTunes prompts you to select Music repositories. These are nothing but the directories where the music files exist. Select your directories and aTunes will start populating a list of available audio files. Create your playlists or add the audios to the playlist by selecting your audio and right-click and select “Add to Playlist

Songs collected from Repository aTunes homepage

The left navigation panel allows you to choose between the repositories or favorites, radio or podcasts or songs from your own device.

Song options

Once you have populated your playlist, select and play the song or you can set to repeat play and/or shuffle the playlist.

Lets look at some of the features. Click “Tools – Stats” to have a look some of the stats including songs most played, songs never played or albums most and never played and the same with the artists.

aTunes Stats

When you choose to play radio, you can browse radio channels available online from “Tools – Radio Browser“. Select your channel of choice and simply double-click to add to your existing list.

Radio channels online

You can also create a smart playlist with options to choose from top most played songs or albums or artists or even random set of songs

Smart Playlist

One of the useful features include, editing the tags on the music. Right-click the music file and select tags and choose to edit tags or set auto tagging feature as per per your choice.
Edit audio tags
You can set the default global options from “Edit – Preference“.
aTunes options
Overall aTunes simple friendly Audio player and Manager with scope to mature. Click here to visit the homepage for aTunes.