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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:  17665
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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 Download link

 by Smarre on: Dec 4 2007
Score 50%

It seems to be broken, but...
http://slaout.linux62.org/kirocker/downloads/kirocker-4.0.tar.gz seems to work.

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 Re: Download link

 by Sebien on: Dec 4 2007
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Yes, sorry, thanks.

This is solved.

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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 nice :)

 by mathpr on: Dec 4 2007
Score 50%

very big thanks. this is a app i was waiting for a long time.

works great on my opensuse 10.2

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 Beta 3

 by apolodor on: Dec 4 2007
Score 50%

I have downloaded the file and it seems that it is the Beta 3 version. Does this mean that there will not be a final (as in non-beta) version? That is too bad, I was looking forward to see it finished.

Thanks for your work so far.

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 Re: Beta 3

 by Sebien on: Dec 4 2007
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Yes, the version 4.0 is 4.0 Beta 3 just repackaged.
It was really stable, just lacked a few polishments only me could notice (I'm somewhat strict about fit&finish).

As soon as I will have a Linux working back again I will repackage it properly.

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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 Thank you

 by logixoul on: Dec 4 2007
Score 50%

Returning to Windows? Wow, that sure is a surprise...
Thank you for all your work, best of luck.

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 Great work

 by the7erm on: Dec 4 2007
Score 50%

This is a really good program.

However ... some suggestions.
Instead of having F1-F5 being the keys you press to rate on full screen you should use 1-5 (I hacked my version to do this).

I have a remote that is a basically a usb keyboard, and being able to press 1 - 5 across the room make more sense.

The other thing I wanted to mention is that the stars on the tool bar are way too small - my sight isn't the greatest. I have to get way to close to the screen to even see them. So much so that it takes less time to just pop open amarok and click the rating. The whole point of having an applet like this is to quickly rate a song.

I can tell you put a lot of work into this, and for that I thank you. Keep up the good work.

Please make the stars bigger for those of us who can't see too well.

always tip the pizza guy he knows where you live.
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 kirocker 4.0 .deb

 by groo on: Dec 5 2007
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Kirocker 4.0 final .deb available for feisty fawn (7.04) on padoca.wordpress.com repositorie. i386/amd64.

gutsy gibbon will be available in getdeb.net as soon as the site admin updates it.

enjoy :)

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