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ok. just installed XMMS, i used Rhythmbox Music Player to make a .pls file of my favoritce dance music, i opened XMMS and opened my dance.pls file but it barked at me: Couldn't open audiocheck if my soundcard is configured properly. You have the correct ouput plugin selected. no other program is blocking the sound card. people have been saying that this is the alternative to WinAMP, so i really don't wanna be let down.
rightclick on xmms's main window anywhere (almost) scroll down to options and in the submenu that pops open select preferences, click on preferences and towards the bottom of the dialog that opens (Output Plugin) select another one that what you have, there will be three or four options to choose from, try alsa or oss whatever is different than what is showing now, i am sure you can get it to play, also i know xmms can create and use .m3u winamp style playlists, not sure about .pls though...
I suggest dumping xmms and getting audacious instead. xmms is old, outdated and a dead-end project. The audacious people have rewritten the whole thing from scratch and now have the best Winamp-like player, IMO.
I'll never give up XMMS as long as it's still out there. It's fast, reliable, low on resources, has a good interface, and is easy to configure. Last time I tried audacious (which I think was about a year ago - maybe it's improved since then), it was very slow (took a long time to load songs), kept pegging my cpu, and it crashed a lot, like when I went to sort the playlist it would crash.
Like I said, that was a long time ago, so maybe those bugs are worked out by now, but needless to say, I went back to trusty xmms. With some good fonts and gtk-1 themes, it integrates well enough into GTK2 for looks not to be an issue. It's fast, easy to use, and has *never* crashed once to my recollection in all the years I've been using it. I just see no reason to change.