[LAA] [ANN] Aqualung 0.9beta10 released

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Date: Monday, February 9, 2009 - 1:08 pm

Hi all,

On behalf of the developer team, it is my pleasure to announce the
latest release of Aqualung, an advanced cross-platform gapless music
player. This release is the result of a year's work, much of which has
been done by our newly joined developer Jeremy Evans. Please see the
ChangeLog below for the highlights of this release.

As usual, the platform independent source tarball and the
self-extracting installer for Microsoft Windows, as well as up-to-date
documentation is immediately available from the project website:


2009-02-08 Tom Szilagyi

* Aqualung 0.9beta10

* Add programmable title format support.

This commit embeds a Lua interpreter inside of Aqualung for the
purpose of allowing the user full control over the title format. It
allows the user to use any metadata field that Aqualung recognizes,
as well as a few fields from the file info in order to compose a
title field. See the documentation update included in this release
for usage information for this feature.

* Loop playback enhancements:

New key bindings '<' and '>' for adjusting loop range start and end
(respectively) to the current playing position. Active only when
track repeat mode is on and a track is currently playing or paused.

Added tooltip showing loop range in percentage and time (if there is
a track loaded). Tooltips must be globally enabled for this feature.

* Allow the systray to be disabled even if support is compiled in.

* Add support for saving single playlists in M3U format. If the
playlist file name ends with .m3u, it will save in M3U format (one
filename per line) instead of the Aqualung XML format. This only
affects the logic around saving single playlists; if you save all
playlists at once, it will always use the XML format, because the
M3U format does not support multiple playlists.

* Add support for sndio backend, bringing the total number of
backends to five. libsndio was recently introduced in OpenBSD as
a simple audio API that supports OpenBSD's builtin sound server,

* Add playlist context menu option 'Roll to active song'.

* Optionally combine Play and Pause buttons into a single button.

* Fix gapless MPEG audio playback (correct offset calculation) when
ID3v2 tag is present.

* Export can now copy files instead of reencoding them using the new
target format "Copy".

* A subset of input files can be forced to be copied instead of being
reencoded. There are two criteria for this: when the source file is
already in the target format, and when the source file matches any
of a comma-separated list of wildchards (similarly to the builder
exclusion list). Both options can be enabled/disabled from the
Export dialog.

* Handle HTTP/1.0 responses.

* When updating all feeds, insert 1 second delay between
individual feeds.

* Added right-click menu items for adding only new podcasts to playlist.

* Music Stores can now use relative paths instead of absolute ones,
allowing users to mount the same collection on different mount
points (just one use case). Implementation is based on the patch by
Russell Johnston, big thanks for both the idea and the
contribution. A checkbox for toggling this feature is added to the
Edit Store dialog (accessible via the right-click menu of stores).

* All filenames use the GLib filename encoding instead of locale
encoding. This is the proper and official way of doing it; if you
have issues using filenames with special characters, consider
variables. If you are using an UTF-8 locale (a very wise choice),
you have nothing to worry about.

* Add extra check for mad.h presence to configure.

* New store builder option to automatically remove non-existing files
from the store. It is disabled by default.

* Added new Swedish translation by Niklas Grahn.

* Numerous minor bugfixes.
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