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Kirocker Music Display

   4.0 (the end)  

KDE Sound Application

Score 87%
Kirocker Music Display

Kirocker Music Display

Kirocker Music Display

Link:  http://
Minimum required   KDE 3.x
Downloads:  17655
Submitted:  Feb 7 2007
Updated:  Dec 14 2007


Make your Kicker (the KDE main panel) rock with your music.

It is a Kicker applet that displays what you listen to in Amarok.
A full-screen display can also be used independently of the applet.

With this panel applet, you always know what you are listening to, and can watch its cover and star rating: it is always visible.
It allows you to rate your music with one click: you can quickly change the number of stars of your musics from anywhere on your desktop.
Finally, it let you remotely control Amarok with one click from anywhere on your desktop: play next or previous track, pause, play, and seek to another position in the current track.

You also have the possibility to show your currently playing music in a beautiful full-screen display. Ideal for parties or to listen to music while doing something else away from the computer.
The full-screen display can be triggered independently of the panel applet. You can start it from the KMenu or from Amarok itself.

To install:
- You need to have automake 1.9 installed for the compilation to work. It should be Ok on modern Linux distributions. You also need Python for the Amarok script to work (optional). This should also be Ok.
- Extract the archive
- Open a konsole in the extracted folder (in Konqueror, go to the extracted folder and press F4)
- Run this set of command: ./configure --prefix=$(kde-config --prefix) && make && sudo make install
- It will asks your root password to install the applet on your system
- Right click the Kicker, choose "Add an Applet to the Panel..." (once the panel is unlocked)
- Double-click "Kirocker Music Display"
- Start playing a music. The applet is empty when Amarok is stopped or paused, to not annoy you with useless information when you are working
- If you do not want the panel applet, the full-screen display can be trigerred from the KMenu or from Amarok itself (restart Amarok, enable the "Kirocker Music Display" script, and then right-click the playlist to see the action to show full-screen)

Note: After an upgrade from a previous version, press Alt+F2 and type the command "kicker default restart" to restart the Panel with the new installed version.

How to make the Kicker translucent:
The Kicker translucent white vertical background is also included in the package.
- Your screen resolution need to be 1280*800. If not, you will need some artistic skills and a Gimp experience to modify the given background
- Extract the image "Kicker Right Translucent Background.png" located in the Kirocker Music Display archive
- Open your desktop background image with The Gimp
- Drag and drop "Kicker Right Translucent Background.png" to the Gimp window of your background image
- Save the image and set it as your desktop background image
- Right click the Kicker and choose "Configure the Panel..." (once the panel is unlocked)
- Place the panel on the right (click the button on the right)
- Set the size to "Personalized" and enter "96 pixels"
- In the "Appearance" tab, check "Enable transparency"
- Click "Ok" and you're done: ENJOY!


- Theme support with wonderful ones provided by default and a graphical editor that is both powerful and surprisingly easy to use
- Have fun karaokees with automatically-scrolling lyrics
- Added a better no-cover image, from Oxygen (sorry guys, but it's the only beautiful and scalable image I found)
- Now using the "Track, Artist, Album" order (instead of "Artist, Album, Track") to be more complient with other displays, such as iPod, Last.fm, and even Amarok.
- Changed the application icon to a better one, using an Oxygen composition. Also show the icon back in the panel big tooltip, as it cannot be confused with an empty cover image anymore
- Removed a lot of bugs
- Enhanced performances

Browse for new themes:

Older list of changes:


This is the End:
I think I will now return back to Windows, so i'm done with KDE development. I will perhapse help the KDE Windows project in the future, tough.
This project is now abandonned.
I'm afraid it will not be ported to KDE 4, unless new developers pop up.

Why I returned back to Windows:

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 Great Beta

 by Slowmo on: Sep 19 2007
Score 50%

I already liked Kirocker before but the Theming in the new Version is just great. It would be nice if in the future even more theming would be allowed (Fonts/What information is displayed and things like that), because the main layout of the themes looks somehow everytime the same for me.

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 Re: Great Beta

 by Sebien on: Sep 19 2007
Score 50%

The non-theming of displayed information is on purpose.

I want to keep the usability heigh.
This is done by having a very good layout by default, and not allowing themes to mess up things.

Well, I will not pretend I have all answers to how the interface should be. If somebody has a better layout idea or better information to display, then he can tell me, and I will change in the code... once... for everybody. Instead of having to change it in every single theme!

I think it's a good thing, to have a great experience out of the box, and in any circumstance.

Same with objects placement. Place of each screen portion (information, cover, date...) is computed to look well balanced on any screen, so it will not be changeable by themes.
Again: if someone tought it could be a very good idea to include a "Random" switch in a theme, my reply will be that this button is important enough to provide it anywhen, not in one particular theme people would perhapse not like, but be forced to use it in order to have the feature.

For the fonts, it's something I tought to.
I think that fonts are more a user configuration than a theme thing.
And it's quite complicated because every computer has different installed fonts, so theme writers can't rely on a font to be present.

I'm still thinking about that font thing.
A solution could be to allow users to define a font for "serif", another for "sans-serif", another for "fantesy", another for "modern", another for "gothic", "script"... with good defaults, of course.
Then each theme could specify a font category, and possibly a font name, but it will default to the font category if the named font is not installed. Like in CSS.

Author of
BasKet Note Pads: http://basket.kde.org/
Kirocker Music Display: http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=52869
Glossyk: http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Glossyk?content=40797

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 Re: Great Beta

 by Sebien on: Oct 7 2007
Score 50%

I just released 4.0 Beta 2.

It allows more theming.
Not what you asked (see reasons above), but it will help themes to be both more readable and more unique.

Author of
BasKet Note Pads: http://basket.kde.org/
Kirocker Music Display: http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=52869
Glossyk: http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Glossyk?content=40797

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 by Contrast on: Sep 20 2007
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Really nice little app, thanks a lot.

One very small request - I've placed Kirocker on a panel by itself, and I have the panel shrunk down to 20% width. What would be really nice is if I could shrink it to 1% and have the "Expand as required to fit contents" checkbox checked. I tried this and it ends up cutting off the text. Would this be possible/hard to fix within the constraints of KDE3, and if so, are you planning to make a Kirocker plasmoid? :-D

Thanks again for such a nifty tool.

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 Re: Sweeeeet....

 by Sebien on: Sep 20 2007
Score 50%

Hum, your request is quite specific.
I think you are the only one who would use such an option.

Other people don't need Kirocker Music Display to change size and possibly take all available space, making the taskbar ridiuly small.

But dynamically resizing the applet can uncover a Kicker bug where the background image would be messed up. It's why I haven't done the "resize down to only the Play button when not playing". This would requiere me to work hard trying to find a workaround for this bug.

So, your request is interesting, just low priority. It wouldn't be hard to do, once the Kicker bug fixed.

And yes, I will make a Plasma applet of Kirocker Music Display.

Author of
BasKet Note Pads: http://basket.kde.org/
Kirocker Music Display: http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=52869
Glossyk: http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Glossyk?content=40797

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 itunes-like theme

 by emuboy on: Sep 23 2007
Score 50%

I have made an Itunes-like theme for kirocker ( http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=66731 )

I you like it, you can add it in the official package ^_^

Andrea "emuboy" Campanella


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 4.0B2 anotherPreview

 by Sebien on: Sep 23 2007
Score 50%

I'm advancing slowly but surely on 4.0 Beta 2.

Now, shadows and frames are not proof-of-concept anymore, they are both configurable by each themes.

It still need some work, some debugging, and the frames really need a graphical editor, but here is a preliminary preview:


I've used the custom theme Kore and modified it with frames.

A little more wait, and you will be able to play with Beta 2... ;-)

Author of
BasKet Note Pads: http://basket.kde.org/
Kirocker Music Display: http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=52869
Glossyk: http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Glossyk?content=40797

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 Guitar theme

 by stephenj on: Sep 25 2007
Score 50%

What a better kirocker theme than a music instrument?
To stay in the music theme, here is a guitar theme, hey ;)


Oh, and there should be an option to change theme randomly.

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 by panpielgrzym on: Sep 26 2007
Score 50%

You are brilliant! First you made Basket (I can't live without it!!!) and now this. The applet is AWESOME. Keep the great work! Like a wishing well - I dreamed of exactly such applet and voile - here it is :) thanks man :)

BTW. Someone could pop up gentoo ebuild for version 4 ;)

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