A couple of plugins have received important updates for Picard 2.0. Picard 2.0 introduced fundamental changes, which meant all plugins needed to be updated to being compatible for Picard 2.0. Most plugins were, but unfortunately some plugins just got under the wheels. So a few days ago I went looking over all plugins and fix the most pressing issues. Here is a some summary of what changed:
Yes, the Last.fm plugin is back from the dead! This plugin already stopped working for Picard 1 when Last.fm introduced breaking changes to their API. There was some attempt to update the plugin, but then Picard 2 happened and this got stalled. Anyway, it is back again for Picard 2. It even got a new feature and now optionally allows regular expressions for excluding tags.
Last.fm.Plus was removed
Unfortunately this plugin is gone for now and was removed from the plugin list. It also needs updates for Picard 2 and Last.fm API 2.0, but unless somebody is willing to do these updates and to maintain this plugin (I won’t) it is now officially dead. IMHO this plugins UI and code are too cluttered and overloaded. I’d rather add important functionality from this plugin to the standard Last.fm plugin. And if for you the standard Last.fm plugin doesn’t have enough features I’d recommend using the Last.fm.ng Plugin.
The no release plugin, which allows you to remove any release specific information from a release, needed updates for Picard 2.0. This is now done.
Going forward I want to tackle a few more issues with existing plugins to improve the overall plugin quality. Currently on my list is the “Musixmatch Lyrics”, which blocks the UI while it is loading data, and reviewing the AcousticBrainz and Wikidata plugins, since those where reported to cause crashes and loading issues. For Wikidata there is already work in progress. Also I would like to get the Classical Extras plugin by @MetaTunes into the official plugin page.