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I am currently (trying) to make the switch from windows to linux. On windows I was using the superb foobar2000 music player (foobar2000.com). It is very powerful, not only in terms of playback but also in ripping/encoding and tag management.
I need something that is equally good on linux. Any hints?
I don't think you will find a complete substitute for that foobar2000.....The closest you have is mplayer, that can handle almos every audio/video format and use mencoder to rip/encode. As for tag info, i really don't know, but i'm pretty sure there is some soft out there of tag management.
Keep in mind that mplayer is a video player, not audio player (although can play everything), and mencoder does not have a GUI, so it's not easy to use.
Xmms is a favorite Winamp-like player. It can edit tags almost as well as Winamp can. Most of the rippers will make tags for you too. Linspire is supposed to have released a media julebox that is similar to Itunes, they are calling Lsongs. The source is supposed to be available, so I can see one or two players emerging from it soon.