That's pretty much like asking which distro you should use ... There are many suitable candidates, and everyone will recommend the one to which they've become accustomed.
For playback, let me use this space to recommend Audacious ... a nicely done xmms modernization. Still a little bit rough around the edges (ver 1.1.2), but it appears to have a solid future.
Last edited by rickh; 11-01-2006 at 11:26 PM.