I've been able to find a good replacement for most of my old Windows apps, except for one commonly used one - a media player. I know, I know. But anyway, on Windows I used XMPlay, it had a nice interface, had playlist support, supported many formats, and many more with plugins, and had an equalizer, and *drum roll* an auto-amp feature. Auto-amp is awesome, basicly, it changes the volume for each track it plays (and each section in the track), the same way a normalizer does. This is great because I can have a naturally quite song and a naturally loud song (or just loud and quiet parts in the same track), and yet hear everything equally as well without having to adjust the speakers to my liking.
JuK came with my distro, so I tried it. It's terrible in every way, I won't waste any of our time talking about it.
So, I got Audacious. Even with the other skins, it has tiny tiny little buttons which I hate. Good playlist support, but no auto-amp, plus for some reason it play MP3s a little choppily.
Next, Amarok 2. Really really nice interface IMO, and it plays MP3s very well. But it's all around playlist support stinks. And no auto-amp.
Next in line, Rhythmbox. I don't like it's interface, though I think it would do well. But for some reason, the GStreamer bugs out on me so I can't play MP3s with or without the proper filters. And I don't think it had auto-amp.
Now I'm trying VLC. I've run it on Windows before, but it just doesn't live up to the Linux user-friendliness standards now (very bad interface). It plays MP3s almost perfectly, but jumps and grains randomly at the start of songs. And terrible terrible playlist support. But really good all around format support. Oh, and no auto-amp.
So at this point I don't what to get. I would love to have a Linux player with the glorious auto-amp feature. And I would like something that can play MP3s properly, and WMAs, even if it's bad with other formats. And a decent editable and functional playlist functionality. I can live with no equalizer, small buttons, and no skins. But a nice useable interface would be nice. Oh, and I don't place much value in the internet radio either. Basicly, I just want (Auto-Amp + MP3 + Playlist)
At this point, I almost want to whip out Wine and XMPlay. (dunno how well that would work, though)