I rebuilt my work machine to Fedora Core 4, and couldn’t be bothered recompiling BeepMediaPlayer with MP3 and iTouch, WMA etc.
So I googled around a bit and found amaroK getting good ravings. The first few versions I tried were really unstable (running under XFCE), but recent versions have improved greatly. It’s still a bit flakey when the network is busy (downloading a large file) and playing music over the network, like from a share. It goes into squeaky fastforward mode, and then locks up if you have not changed tracks by the time it (quickly) gets to the end of the current track.
There are some Killer features for me though.
- Album Art lookups on Amazon
- On Screen Display (OSD)
- Grouping of tracks with rankings and stuff.
- RSS Podcasting support (I don’t have a iPod though, so have not tested the external device support)
- Wikipedia lookups for artists is also a nice touch.
The things I am currently living with are:
- no WMA support, or AAC I think (although this is possibly more a limitation of gStreamer than amaroK. I should check that)
- The Network contention issue mentioned above
- Can’t change volume from command line (I use xbindkeys for mapping my Multimedia keys to amaroK commands like next, previous etc)
All in all. I can live with this stuff for now, and the killer features really are keeping me amaroK’d up for the time being.