Hey everyone. If this isn't the best place for this thread, please move it for me. Thanks.
I've been using Ubuntu on-and-off since Hoary (dual-booting with Windows), and in that time, I have yet to come across a music player that I'm satisfied with. In Windows, I have several to choose from that I'm very happy with, Winamp being my absolute favorite. There's a plethora of media software made for Linux, so surely there's *something* that meets my needs... right?
Anyways, I was wondering if I could list what I'm looking for, and get suggestions from the community concerning various music players that meet these requirements.
1) I don't really care about video support. I prefer to keep my music and videos separated, so although I don't mind if a music player can also play videos, it's not a benefit to me.
2) The player needs a decent media library organizer. Programs like Winamp, iTunes, Amarok, and Banshee are all examples of a good media library. This throws out XMMS and BMP as candidates.
3) Although I pointed to iTunes and Banshee as examples of having good media libraries, they do not handle playlists properly. I absolutely *hate* music players that do not distinguish the media library from the playlist. Winamp is my star example of separating the library from the playlist, however, Amarok does a good job of this as well.
4) Support for id3-tag embedded album art. Also, the embedded art should ALWAYS take precedence over image files in the same directory. Banshee handles this correctly, Amarok does not. Amarok will simply ignore all embedded art if there happens to be an image file in the same directory.
5) Support for MTP media devices. Banshee does this VERY well. Amarok does it, but stability is glitchy.
6) Preferably an option to separate the player window from the media library/playlist. Winamp and Amarok do this very well. If the player does not support this, then maybe a 'mini-mode' like in Exaile or Banshee would be okay.
7) Preferably a GTK+ app. Amarok, being a QT app, breaks all consistency and aesthetics of my lovely Gnome desktop. However, Banshee and Exaile look great.
8) Lastly, the basics. Low resource footprint, fast interface responsiveness, stable. This rules out Amarok in my book, which has always been slowly and buggy (I've tried both the repository version and compiling from source... no luck).
So, any ideas? I've been searching for quite some time, and cannot find a music player that works for me. It seems that my biggest problem with Linux, and the main reason I keep Windows as my primary OS, is the simple lack of *quality* software that meets my needs.
Thanks in advance for any help.