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Most of the audio players listed here have pretty interfaces and good to excellent file-handling properties, but AFAIK if you want to vary the pitch on streaming (or other) audio, or play an audio file backward ALSA is the only player which does that. Also I like the relatively clean, uncluttered GUI frontend for ALSA. Why was ALSA player excluded from consideration?
Haha, so what, gmail is still in beta, would you leave that off a list of "best webmail apps"?
I would have voted for exaile, but since it's not in the list I have to pick my second fave Amarok.
thats a terrible comparison:
gmail, which has little to no bugs and has been in "beta" for an extremely long time, even though its known to work exceptionally well.
and exaile, still buggy, just out of beta at .2, and reletively new by anyones standards. Exaile crashes where other players dont -- not because its a bad app, just because its so early in development -- and you cant honestly say an app that crashes where others dont is better than said other application...
That's the problem with these polls, and I am not saying that you should not do polls. But the selection of the options is always subjective. It happens that the audio applications are not in the options. Exaile, Quod Libet and mplayer, which was limited to the video app category and it cannot apparently be here too. I'd vote for amarok since it's the best out of the options given, but it would be unfair to give another vote to it when it is not actually what I think.
I use Exaile and it has done very well for me. I have 15Gb of music and it does fine, and I also like its interface which is similar to amarok's (one of the greatest without a doubt) yet it's simpler and has the main functionalities already available. It hasn't crashed for me not a single time and the only thing I do not like from him is not being mainstream (and I dislike the icon too).
And what do you say about Quod Libet? It has a tiny little thing I've always dreamed of: quasi-intelligent tag-names handling and editing, being able to extract tag information from the folder and file names, and vice versa.
And both have the advantage for me of being gtk instead of qt. What can I say? I have nothing against qt (in fact I use k3b because no cd-burner for gnome is better than k3b) but I happen to use gnome and I happen to like all my applications to share the same or a similar look. Yes, I'm spoiled.
WTF is gstreamer an option? It's a library, not a player. I mean, there's command line tools that you could probably use to play music, but saying that you use gstreamer to listen to music is sort of like saying you use ALSA to listen to music. Duh!
Last year I shifted from XMMS to 'Amorok', however I've now reversed this. XMMS simply seems more trouble free and intuitive to me, possibly it's because of it's similarity to 'Winamp' which used to be my choice on the other OS.
I tried everything that came bundled with each distro i've used, that didn't look too daunting, and Amarok comes out on top easily.
I tried to use XMMS for a while but just couldn't get the hang of the one-window-for-every-single-task-mentality - I much prefer everything bundled up in one window with tabs and/or menus, like Amarok.
The killer why-amarok-is-god's-gift-to-my-computer point, though, is how easy it was to make it work with my ipod. I downloaded the relevant library, plugged it in, and it worked. From what I gather, it's one of, if not _the_ audio app compatible with the most media devices.