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So what's up with all that cover bling-bling? Banshee has a Clutter Flow, Nautilus Elementary comes with Clutter Flow (via Gloobus of course) for image previews and now Amarok.

Except the applet in Amarok 2.3.1 is not called ClutterFlow but CoverBling:

amarok coverbling screenshot

CoverBling lets you browse your collection in an animated 3D view.

Amarok 2.3.1 will also bring an automated Playlist Generator which allows smart creation of playlists that match user-specified constraints. The Playlist Generator combines the features of "Smart Playlists" in Amarok 1.4 with the Bias system of Amarok 2.0.

Other changes in Amarok 2.3.1 include lots of bug fixes, some polishing and also the new file browser will finally support "places". Another new feature will be a Last FM similar artists applet:

If only Amarok 2.x would require less system resources... I'd even start using KDE for it.

Amarok 2.3.1 is currently in beta and there's no date set (that I could find) for the 2.3.1 release.

{Image credits: amarok.kde.org}