Slackware, Amarok and Transcoding
As I’ve recently been importing CDs in as FLAC, I want something that can transcode this for me when and manage my collection when working with my iPod. Amarok has now finally re-gained transcoding support as of 2.4:
However, trying this in Slackware 14.0 RC3, it doesn’t work – trying to copy FLAC tracks to my iPod failed with an error message telling me the format is unsupported. A little bit of digging, and it turns out that to get transcoding support, you need to have ffmpeg installed when you build Amarok.
So to get it working, you’ll need to install ffmpeg and the relevant dependencies (SlackBuilds.org has this), then rebuild Amarok with ffmpeg installed. Your new, shiny Amarok will then offer transcoding as an option the next time you want to copy FLAC to your iPod.