Uhh... I wish it was as simple as you say - heres the story:
I downloaded audacious(1.2.2)... compiled successfully. plugins compiled and installed(1.2.5) It seems like a project that has alot going for it. But it is LONG WAYS till being remotely usable. It is so buggy that I am not going to even bother filing the bugs - that would require me first looking over the current submissions and then write detailed description for each one... Sorry maybe another day.
The major flaws:
Crashes on manipulations with file manager, such as dragging in folders(Thunar) xmms does not.
Crashes when I press any button in playlist actions (+,-, list, etc)
audacious has no directory interpretation (ie. does not play files inside a directory if you just specify the derectory unlike xmms)
in every other respect it is much like XMMS but impossible to use.
I could not use it long enough to tell if I have problems since the playlist barely works.
I downloaded and compiled Amarok but unfortinately it does not function without KDE. I do not have KDE installed and I am not planning to.
Any other players you can think of? (I dont have wine installed yet and Winamp was a b1tch to get to work completely on wine... actually it never did, but I got pretty close)
Please, please, please keep posting ideas regarding this - I can clearly see the drive spin down like a minute after music starts playing. Perhaps there is a way to make XMMS to access and replenish the buffer earlier, before it runs out.