Amarok is an excellent music player that uses some core KDE components (like KDElibs) and can be installed independent of KDE on Ubuntu. One issue with this however is that it does not read the system wide proxy settings from GNOME. The proxy settings under “Settings -> Configure Amarok -> Configure engine” only work for Streaming and hence if you are behind the firewall you cannot access the lyrics service or fetch cover art from the internet. This is easy to fix.
To set the proxy for Amarok
Edit the $HOME/.kde/share/config/kioslaverc file and add the following entries
[Proxy Settings][$i] ProxyType=1 httpProxy=http://username:password@proxyserver:port/ httpsProxy=http://username:password@proxyserver:port/ ftpProxy=http://username:password@proxyserver:port/
Save the file and restart Amarok and you should be able to access the lyrics service and fetch cover art from the internet.1 comment