This article lists 7 reasons for which I think this is the most loved audio player. I preferred to leave out the more technical ones, and just focus on the highlights.
1. Powerful collection management
Over the years I tried many audio players, both KDE and GNOME, and even CLI ones like ogg123 or mpg321. But none of them could handle a collection the way Amarok can. It even includes an integrated file browser, so you can drag and play songs instantly.
Usual Amarok interface, playing a song by Nightwish
2. Scripting support together with hundreds of scripts
With the available scripts, I can expand Amarok the way I like it. Some good and very useful scripts I use are Lyriki-Wiki, ConTEXT or the script included by default to create a HTML file from your whole playlist.
3. Wikipedia integration
And it's not just basic integration. You can fetch Wikipedia information not only for the artist, but for album and song too. The HTML integration is good too.
4. Cover manager
Amarok can fetch covers from Amazon.com or can browse in the album's directory. It has a place where you can view all the covers of the albums in your collection.
The Cover Manager
5. Very intuitive interface
And I really mean very intuitive, not just intuitive. It just doesn't stay in the way of the user.
6. Last.fm support
This is a must-have for an audio player, at least for me. I love the community there at Last.fm and I'm an active member.
On such a good collection management, statistics are a must-have too. Amarok allows you to see what are your favourite tracks, most played tracks, favourite albums and so on.
Collection statistics - any information you like
Those are the reasons for which I use it, and even so, I'm sure they are not all. They are just the highlights, what came to my mind first. Amarok features plenty more, like Magnatune music shop, iPod support, support to burn audio CDs, ratings, scores. And these are just a few.
Updated: June 08, 2008