No matter what audio player I use, be it Amarok or Audacious, I get playback stuttering. I mainly notice this when I click on something within Firefox, because that's the application I have open the most.
IMO, Amarok's interface is cluttered and difficult to use, so I tried to go back to Banshee (after using it in GNOME). Unfortunately, if the GTK+ Appearance theme is set to oxygen-gtk, Banshee fails to load at all. If set to Raleigh, it loads, but doesn't work. So, I tried Audacious.
Now I find that, despite Audacious claiming to have a "small footprint," I still get stuttering. It's not as bad as Amarok's, but it's noticeable. It's less than Amarok's stuttering, at least.
EDIT: Amarok is the only music player on my system that works with my keyboard's media keys. Therefore, if somebody could help me stop Amarok from constantly and painfully stuttering when I click a link, load a page, or close/reopen a tab in Firefox, it'd be greatly appreciated!