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Clementine Player 1.0 released, adds support for Gooveshark and Spotify

03 January 2012, Nick Peers

Developers David Sansome and John Maguire have launched the first stable release of their cross-platform, open-source media player. Clementine Player 1.0, which is based on version 1.4 of the Amarok media player, is designed to play both music stored on the user’s hard drive as well as provide access to a wide range of internet radio stations.

Version 1.0 added support for major internet music providers Spotify and Grooveshark, although premium subscriptions for each are required to use the service. Also added are support for Sky.fm and di.fm streaming radio stations, Global Search, support for playing audio CDs and more transcoder options.

Clementine Player’s internet radio capabilities, which also include the likes of Last.fm and Magnatune, include the ability to add individual radio station streams to the list of supported services, making it a one-stop shop for listening to radio online.

The new Global Search feature is designed to simplify the sourcing of music from both the user’s music library and the internet, while audio CD support makes it possible to also listen to music CDs for the first time through Clementine Player.

Clementine Player's album Cover Manager is smarter than ever

The albums Cover Manager has also been revamped to provide “smarter” album cover searches for library content while adding Amazon as a new potential source for cover art. Smarter searches – triggered when a missing cover is right-clicked and “Search for album covers…” is selected – allows the user to independently search for both artist and album name to maximise the relevancy of matches. Other enhancements to the search tool include the displaying of dimensions for each found album cover.

The Settings dialog has been revamped for better organisation and to simplify the process of logging into various internet music providers, while an increased number of transcoding options have been added to make it possible to convert music between most major formats, including MP3, FLAC, MP4/AAC and WMA. There’s also a new analyser tool in the form of the Nyanalyzer Cat.

Clementine Player 1.0, which also includes a host of bug fixes since the last (0.7.3) release, is a free open-source download for Windows, Mac and Linux.

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