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BTH – evaluating OS’s for use on the EEE 901

So… I really like the form factor of the smaller, “original” EEE series (701, 900, 901) netbooks. They’re just the perfect size for use on busses, trains, etc. They don’t require much in terms of packaging or storage, they’re just very simple to carry around. My first EEE was a 900, since then I’ve tried the 1015PEM but I quickly realized it was too big for me, so I was relly happy when I found the 901 – it’s like the 900, but with much better battery life and processor. The only thing It’s lacking is a 3G slot, and I’m currently looking for a 901 Go though they seem kind of hard (and slightly expensive) to get ahold of.

Anyways, I have been trying out different operating systems and distros on the 901, trying to choose one for everyday use. What I want is basically what everyone wants in a netbook: fast boot time, responsive interface. Right? A simple way to get right into the processor of surfing or writing or whatever. My first choice was Ubuntu with Gnome 3 as a launcher, since I am absolutely in love with Gnome 3. But I found that the poor little 901 processor/ram/SSD couldn’t handle the Gnome monster very well. Sure, it booted up OK, but then I had kind of a 2-second delay between pressing the Super button and the menu actually appearing… Just not responsive enough. So I went a’shoppin. Since I know I was going to test quite a few distros and OS’s here, I created a simple test.

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Testing Clementine (audio player)

Despite many a test, I have as of yet to find an audio player that beats Foobar2000. Functionality, lightness, customizability, modularity. I’ve more or less abandoned the proprietary Windows platform, only returning to it for Adobe and Autodesks products and for a small handful of games. Foobar2000 is still my weapon of choice for assaulting my ears with music, despite running it through wine.

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Songbird, and my continued search for a music player

Seriously, this is getting old. I just want to find a good player and stick with it. Am I having too high standards? Am I just being picky?

…No. I don’t think it is in any way extraordinary to be able to have multiple watch folders in a music player. Or having the ability to, in a simple way, transfer my music to my mp3 player. Or use multiple genres in my tags.

Songbird, latest version. Looks extremely good, and feels good, too. This GUI I could get used to. But, it won’t find my mp3 player, it doesn’t understand multiple genre tags and it has only one watch folder (even though the config says “Watch folders”, which brings some hope for the future). Other than that, I’m actually kind of impressed that the buggy piece of shit I tested a few months back has actually come this far. It’s even not too shabby starting up, taking only a little more time than Foobar through Wine, which is still my player of choice. That might change, though, and Songbird is currently my top contender. I’ll spend some time tweaking it, seeing if I can somehow make it recognize my mp3 and check the forums to see if there are any plans for real genre support… Might even experiment with multiple genre fields in the id3v2-metadata. Now that would be freaky…

Anyways, color me impressed.

EDIT: Slightly less so, having discovered that Songbird indexes everything. Everything. Including files I just wanted to play one bloody time. Wish there was some way to make it stop…

Audio players, once again…

In my neverending quest for the perfect audio player, I have once again come up empty. Exaile, Rhythmbox, Amarok, Banshee, Listen, Songbird – even Foobar, they all have their faults. So this is just a post about what I actually want. Who knows? Maybe someday I’ll find the perfect player – or build it.

User interface

The user interface should optimally be modular. Foobar2000 is a good model here. As much as possible should be rearrangeable, and the user should be able to choose which Ui components to show rather easily. Failing this, I want a playlist browser, a library browser, and a view of the current playlist. And a search box, which can search either in the library or in the current playlist.

The user interface elements should be clear and user-firendly. A minimum of clicks to accomplish each tasks.

The Library

The library should not be only at one location, but rather be a set of folders the user chooses. The library should index all tags, including language and CD# and multiple genres for each song.

When browsing the library, “The Beatles” should be sorted with the B’s rather than the T’s. I want a simple interface to sort or filter by genre, language, artist, year, album and finally track. Think Amarok but extended; not just genre-artist-track.

Playlists

There should be both regular playlists, the kind I manually add stuff to, and Smart playlists, which are basically saved searches. FontExplorerX has a nice interface for creating smart folders, I’d like to see something similar. Possibly all kinds of context menus for “save current search as smart folder” etc as well.

I’d like to export the playlists themselves as pls or m3u, as well as transfer the contents to a connected device (like mp3 players) according to predefined file system patterns which are remembered between sessions.

Speed & system resources

Starting the player should be lightning-quick. The library population function can run in a separate thread and may be slightly slower, and the library update function needs to be optimized and also run in a separate thread.

The player should, when running, use an absolute minimum of hardware resources.

Playing separate files

It should be possible to play an mp3 without adding it to the library.

Album Art

There should be support for multiple filenames for folders – i.e, the art should be found regardless of filename. Possibly the user could define his own filenames to be detected.

Conclusions

None of the players I’ve tried manage to get full points on all of these. Foobar2000 comes closest by far, but fails in filtering (only genre/artist/track), a slightly less-than-optimal UI (comes from being a windows program, I know) and smart playlists (there’s a plugin but it’s clunky as heck).

Ubuntu on the EEE

Got myself a apsnking new EEE 900 16G a few months back. I’ve been having fun with it ever since. Despite its size, it’s a surprisingly agile and flexible machine, which has provided me endless hours of what I call Fun: mucking around finding “just the right solutions”. You know, the kind of thing most people think is just another chore; reinstalling and testing different operating systems, system optimizing, etc etc. In other words, what normal people thibnk of as Boring.

In any case, I first chose a normal dualboot windows xp professional / Ubuntu EEE solution, having decided early on that the default Xandros-based operating system didn’t really suit me. In fact, i’d go so var as to call it “useless” for a man of my tastes. In any case, having installed XP from a fast SD card, I was looking for new challenges. I found the perfect one in installing XP onto an SDHC card without the use of an external DVD-rom. After multiple attempts, I succeeded using a combination of this guide and this guide. I might post a howto in the future, if anyone’s interested. All I needed was a few files from the interweb, an USB stick and a SDHC card.

Unfortunately, my original setup was fried in the process. Of course, I got a backup, but since I no longer needed the dualboot solution now that I can boot XP from an SD-card, and since my Ubuntu EEE install got corrupted and uglified during its upgrade to Intrepid, I decided it was time to start over.

Enter EEEbuntu. I got kind of annoyed when Ubuntu EEE changed its name to “Easy Peasy” and I decided to look at my options. EEEbuntu seemed to fit the bill: Better-looking background and overall theme, the addition of an EEE config/tweaking utility, and many other little improvements made me want to try it.

Well, now I have. Its desktop mode is all I could ever want of a regular desktop mode; there’s even a “base install” with a minimum of fuss. Its EEE config utils were great. Unfortunately, I could find no way to quickly switch between regular desktop mode and the Netbook Redux interface, which is much better when you don’t have access to a mouse (touchpads – eeeew). Tried, and failed, to install the desktop-switcher applet. And anyways, the Netbook Redux-based interface abailable in EEEbuntu was sorely lacking in styole and ease of use. This, I discovered, was where Ubuntu EEE excelled.

And so, I now return to Ubuntu EEE. Luckily, Linux is very flexible – I should be able to get the EEE config/tweaking utils from EEEbuntu to work in it (just as I got UCview from te original Xandros to work in Ubuntu EEE), and even though the name Easy Peasy is kind of crap, there’s nothing to stop me from changing the loading screen, the login screen and the destkop background into something I can live with.

Spotify

 

I’m kind of fascinated by this new trend of stream-based legal music players. I mean, they’re in no way a real alternative to those of us who like being able to listen to our music when offline (and yeah, there are some of us who aren’t online 24/7. Sometimes, for instance, I’m taking a walk. Or riding the train. Whatever), but they are a nice example of a new idea, born of the availability of illegal music on the web – these sites and services represent the industry’s attempts to renew themselves for the new millennium. I see them as one of the last shudders of a dying industry – as many of you already know, I don’t really see the point in there being a music “industry”. The idea that people would suddenly stop creating music just because they’re not paid to… it’s just ridiculous.

But anyways, yeah, Spotify… I recently got hold of an invite, and decided to test the bugger out. Here are my results…

The Client is Mac/Windows only, in theory. Luckily, the Windows client runs very well in Wine under Linux, so that’s not that big of an obstacle. It’s very clean and simple, which is never a bad thing in my book.  It’s a bit like a much better looking Itunes without the bloat. And it’s fast, at least on my computer. No UI delays whatsoever. Impressive.

Not many customization options at the moment, though. I can’t even find a way to sort the contents of playlists by track number, which I find kind of barbaric. I got the same problem with my phone. I mean, I prefer sorting my music by artist – year – album – tracknumber – trackname. Why is this a problem? Or are everyone just so used to having a bif unsorted CLUMP of a folder containing all their mp3’s and just using the random/shuffle function? have people forgotten how to listen to albums? I mean, take Beatles for example. Listen to the White Album. It’s a self-contained whole, each track laid out beautifully, there’s some real thought put into the way the tracks are ordered. And now they fucking sort it ALPHABETICALLY?

…yeah, where was i? Yeah the client. It’s simplistic, which is both good and bad. I give it a solid 7 out of 10 just for being different, since most players out there are bloated pieces of crap.It’d been nice to be able to listen through a browser, but I guess that’s just not in the stars…

The Library is kind of impressive, actually. I decided to use a very non-scientific method of checking it out quickly: A few weeks ago, when I got my new phone (review on its way…), I got a 2gb memory card with it. I then spent a few hour combing through my massive collection of mp3’s and selected a few artists and albums I simply could do without. Together, they form a pretty good picture of my taste in music (or lack thereof). A crossection, I think you could say.

So,  in alphabetical order:

Atari Teenage Riot: Burn, Berlin, Burn

Nope, but they did have 1995, which is also a good album, I think. Not quite as good, but good nonetheless. I suppose I should be happy they had anything.

Bad Religion: The Gray Race

Nope, but they did have a few appearences of Bad Religion on a few compilations. I hate compilations, they cheapen the whole listening experience.

Bikini Kill: Reject All American

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha *sniff* hahahahahahahaha

No, seriously. I didn’t even expect to find them. So I’m not very disappointed.

Creedence Clearwater Revival: The Very Best Of

Erh, yeah. Unsurprisingly, they did not have the exact compilation I have, but one very similar. Not very surprising, you can’t have a music service without creedence. It’d be like… I dunno, fire without heat? Simply not done, and it’s against the laws of nature.

Dropkick Murphys: Do or Die and Sing Loud, Sing Proud

Like five or six compilation albums, no full albums. Bummer.

Frida Hyvönen: Until Death Comes

Two songs, in total. So no. Not that I particularly mind, Frida was put onthis listas an afterthought. I’ll probably replace her with Sedlighetsroteln/Looptroop any day now.

Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow

Yes. Pleasantly surpsised, I discovered no less than 9-10 full albums, amongst them what I usually think of as one of the greatest albums ever. Mostly because of White Rabbit, which is of course one of the best songs in all of existence, but the rest are good too.

Johnny Cash: American IV: The Man Comes Around

Yup, most definitely. Plus a lot (A LOT) of other Cash albums. Very nice.

Judas Priest: Hellbent for Leather

Nope. A bunch of other Judas stuff, though. Not that I really care, Judas Priest were put here for the same reasons as Frida Hyvönen.

LOK: Naken, Blästrad och Skitsur and Ut Ur Discot Och In I Verkligheten

Naken, Böästrad och Skitsur I could find, as well as Sunk 500 and others, plus a bunch of singles. Reasonably happy.

Lolita Storm: Girls Fucking Things Up, Hot Lips Wet Pants and Sick Slits

I got three albums, they got fucking squat. ‘Nuff said.

Marilyn Manson: Antichrist Superstar

Yup, and every other CD this little sellout creep has ever done. Sellout or not, he’s part of my history and I still like some of his early works…

Nationalteatern: Greatest Hits

No, but on the other hand, it’s a fucking compilation. They do have a number of the real albums, which is kind of surprising, and very nice. I guess they’re not subversive enough anymore. Maybe because people don’t listen to the lyrics anymore…

Negativland: No Business

Nope, just Over the Edge vol. 4, a particularly pointless creation. If they at least had had stuff like Dispepsi… But nope.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Murder Ballads

Yup. Kind of an impressive Nick Cave collection, actually. Nice.

Rammstein: Sehnsucht

The only Rammstein I find are a few singles and some soundtracks they’ve appeared on (Matrix, Resident Evil etc).

Rasta Knast: Probegepogt

I would have been very surprised. Actually, I was suprised there was anything, really. Three songs from various punk compilations.

Ronny Eriksson & J-O Orkestern: Orätt-visor

I already know this is kind of hard to find, so I was very unsurprised it wasn’t in the Spotify library.

Sophie Zelmani: Time to KillAtari Teenage Riot: Burn, Berlin, Burn

Another afterthought – not that I dislike Sophie in any way, but she’s just not primary list material. Oh, and tis album wasn’t in the library.

The Beatles: Magical Myster Tour, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the White Album

Yeah, big Beatles fan here. Snd, predictably, there’s no Beatles here. There’s no beatles anywhere.

The Dresden Dolls: A is for Accident

Pleasantly surprised; more or less everything by this wonderful “brechtian punk cabaret” band, even an album I hadn’t seen before. Very nice.

The Kristet Utseende: Pang på Pungen i Portugal and Sug och Fräls

Seriously? They have like every CD and single released by them. Very, very surprised here. I guess they’re bigger than I thought. And these guys are from my home region Hälsingland =)

William Shatner: The Transformed Man

Nope, but they did have a sompilation of his and Nemoys “best” works… =)

Commercials and banners: Yeah, they are disturbing. I just had to suffer through a fucking PER GESSLE commercial as well as a spot for the horrid rapper PETTER in the middle of a Dresden Dolls album. Had the library been bigger I’d definitely consider paying just to get rid of this crap.

And so, conclusions: The client is simplistic but will probably be improved, the libarary gave me a few surprises but I’m not ready to give up on mp3’s just yet, and commercials are STILL THE FUCKING SPAWN OF SATAN’S COCK!

All in all, 6/10 or so.

Media Center solutions…

Oh yeah, I’m on a roll here. Time for some more testing. This time, it’s all about the simplicity – and the media. I’ve been tinkering with a HTPC (without HD support or a TV card…) to replace my aging X-Box/XBMC solution. XBMC is the standard I expect other applications to measure up to. It suits me perfectly – regular, old-school directory browsing (no fancy-schmancy indexing), speed, looks neat… I’ve chosen to use Linux (trusty old Ubuntu) as the basis for my HTPC, and so I’ve tried a few of the media center solutions out there. This is less thurough than when I tested autio players, since this is mostly a way for me to remember which I’ve tried and what I didn’t like about them. Currently, the HTPC is a bit sluggish, but rund XBMC for Linux without too much fuss.

Eliza

Inflexible, slow, indexes everything. Neat, simple interface, but lack basic features (like turning on/off subtitles).

My Media System

Inflexible and slow, like all indexing apps. Shows huge subs by default, lacks working configuration dialog. Looks great.

Entertainer

Very good-looking, but uses set directories and indexing. Next.

MythTV

A lot of crap I don’t need, geared towards TV-card users. Too much for me, and I couldn’t get its database backend to work properly.

XBMC Linux

Not as fast as its X-box counterpart. Looks good as always. Works great, too.

…In other words, I’ll probably stick with XBMC.

Audio players in Linux

OK, here’s another round of “Krank tests stuff and says nasty things about them”.

In Windows, I’ve been using Foobar for a few years, and it’s more or less erverything I want from an audio player; an opt-in library function, great flexibility, extensions to do more or less everything… And an incredibly low footprint. And it’s portable, as in I can stick it on an USB stick and take it with me. Well, as some of you may know I switched to Ubuntu a while back, and after an initial experiment with MPD (Music Player Daemon) I began using foobar2000 through Wine. MPD didn’t really work for me; too library-based. Sometimes I got just one single downloaded song and I just don’t feel the need to add it to my library, you know?

Anyways, today I had some spare time and decided to try out some of the more popular Linux alternatives. I limited the scope of this experiment to only include non-winampish software, since I have come to really dislike their interfaces. The foobar/itunes/amarok interface appelas more to me, with playlists being central and part of the main window etc. The players I’ve tested this time around are: BMPx, Exaile, Songbird, Foobar2000 (through wine) and Amarok (late additions: Rhythmbox, Banshee, Quod Libet, Decibel). Foobar2000 was seriously modded using addons etc, and I did my best to look for addons etc for the other players as well. If you think this is unfair, fuck off.

So; let’s begin.

1. Indexing my library.

Being a very manly guy, I am of course sporting a large… audio library. To be exact, I have 14.184 song, totalling 62.4 gb. They’re all on a shared folder on my server. I know this means slower indexing and access, but it’s the same for everyone so the test’s still fair. I used Stopwatch from the Ubuntu repos to measure how much time it took each player from the moment i clicked “OK” in the directory selection box to the moment where the indexing process declared itself finished. There is, I think, enough distinct difference in time between the different players to excuse my inexactness.

  • BMPx: 6:09
  • Exaile: 11:58
  • Songbird: Epic fail
  • Foobar2000: 8:10
  • Amarok: 14:50
  • Rhthmbox: 18:40
  • Banshee: Epic fail
  • Quod Libet: 9:00
  • Decibel: 8:17

BMPx was the fastest, but either it didn’t index IDv2 tags at all or it just ignored secondary and tertiary genres. Since I use a lot of secondary etc genres, this made BMPx a less than perfect choice for me. Songbird failed completely, getting stuck about 1/10 into the indexing. I waited for 10 minutes, but it was just… stuck. I couldn’t even see what file it got stuck on. Less than ideal. Same thing with Banshee, but Banchee got stuck on different files every time. Either way,I’m not impressed. Quod Libet fared better, but gets a heap of minus points for the complete lack of progress intication – I couldnä’t see how far it had gone or what file it was currently indexing, nothing.

2. Opt-in database/library indexing of every song

I’m not really a “library” kind of guy. I’m the kind of person who is very much anal about directory structures and ID3 tags, so flat libraries never really appealed to me; I want direct file control. I got nothing against libraries, I just don’t want to have to use them all the time. And also, like I wrote before, I like being able to listen to a file without necessarily adding it to the library.

  • BMPx: yes
  • Exaile: yes
  • Songbird: no
  • Foobar2000: yes
  • Amarok: yes
  • Rhythmbox: no
  • Banshee: no
  • Quod Libet: In theory…
  • Decibel: yes

I was expecting problems here, but it was only Songbird that seemed to add my selected file to its library. (Late addition: Rhythmbox and Banshee also failed, and Quod Libet seemed to support what I wanted, but I couldn’t get it to work. And if I don’t, then your average joe won’t even fucking bother…) Being kind of unimpressed with Songbird since the last test anyways, I simply sighed, and moved on to:

3. Ability to index by multiple genres

Like I wrote before, I use a lot of multiple genres. For instance, swedish punk songs are marked as “punk” and “svenska” (“svenska” is swedish for “swedish”). That way, in good library browsers, I can choose to listen to all punk or just my swedish punk, and even all music in swedish regardless of genre.

  • BMPx: no
  • Exaile: partial
  • Songbird: partial
  • Foobar2000: yes
  • Amarok: partial
  • Rhythmbox: no
  • Banshee: no
  • Quod Libet: yes
  • Decibel: no

Exaile and Amarok simply merged my multiple genres, so “punk” and “svenska” became a genre known as “punk svenska”. Sure, this allows me to select all swedish punk, but not all punk or just all swedish music. Songbird lets me select multiple genres, but (like BMPx and Rhythmbox) didn’t seem to index secondary genres. I couldn’t get Decibel to show genres at all.


4. System resources.

I am a big fan of resource-friendly software. Not only because I’ve spent a lot of time on low-end systems, but also because I think it’s kind of rude to use more than the resources necessary to accomplish a given task. They’re my resources, and if I want to waste them on useless crap, I get some useless crap programs and run them, in stead. Resource waste should be opt-in, is all I’m saying. The first number is processor usage and the second is RAM, both according to the Gnome System Monitor. I’m using a 3.0ghz hyperthreading CPU and tests were run using a fully indexed library (except, of course, in the case of Songbird) and the same song playing (“Balladen om Olsson” by swedish punk band “23 till”).

  • BMPx: 2-4% 34mb
  • Exaile: 3-6% 154m
  • Songbird: 4-11% 137mb
  • Foobar2000: 4-11 26mb
  • Amarok: 4-7% 52mb
  • Rhythmbox: 2% 37mb
  • Banshee: 1-2% 52mb
  • Quod Libet: 0-2% 67mb
  • Decibel: 1-2% 30mb

Both Exaile and (unsurprisingly) Songbird get big fat epic fails here. 137 mb’s without even a library to blame it on? Crap, is what I call this. Utter crap. BMPx was low but not very surprising given its limited indexing, so the two big winners here are clearly Amarok, which performed admirably and surprisingly good, and foobar2000, which (as usual) worked very, very well. Rhythmbox was a very nice surprise here, although its small footprint might be exmplained by its relatively simplistic id3 tagging.
5. Album art

All my music has folder art. In each album’s folder is a file called “Folder.jpg” which contains a medium-to-high resolution version of the album’s cover. I want this to “simply work”; I want the player to support album art and be able to detect the existing folder art.

  • BMPx: no
  • Exaile: yes
  • Songbird: perhaps; couldn’t make it work
  • Foobar2000: yes (through addon)
  • Amarok: yes
  • Rhythmbox: yes
  • Banshee: no
  • Quod Libet: yes
  • Decibel: no

Yeah, Songbird fucked up here, as well. Big whoop. And, as usual, BMPx was too limited; it could use album art but it did not detect Folder.jpg’s. Same with Banshee.
6. Smart Folders

I’m not much of a “smart folder” person, but I imagine I could be, if they were done right. As in, intuitive and fast. For those who’ve been living under ricks for the past few years: Smart folders, Smart Playlists or Saved Searches or whatever you call them are a way to have a playlist which, for instance, contains all your hard rock – and which automatically adds or removes items when they are added/removed from the library. You can usually specify a number of rules – for instance, songs in swedish that aren’t punk, or hard rock bands not beginning with a “p”.

  • BMPx: no
  • Exaile: yes
  • Songbird: no
  • Foobar2000: partial
  • Amarok: yes
  • Rhythmbox: yes
  • Banshee:yes
  • Quod Libet: no
  • Decibel: no

Songbird fails as usual, but promises to do better in its next version. There’s an extremely non-intuitive foobar2000 addon to accomplish something like smart folders, but it’s far from perfect. Rhythmbox was the absolute best here, its smart folders being easy to set up, intuitive and easily accessed. Banshee was similar, but not nearly as good – Quod Libet only supports a kind of limited”saved searches” feature.

7. Support for transferring files to an mp3 player

Sure, I can transfer stuff to my various mp3 players by simply dragging and dropping using Nautilus or other explorer-like software – but I’d like the possibility to do it through my audio player software as well. If nothing else, because my archive’s directory structure (Artist/year – album/(CDx)/tracknum – trackname.mp3) isn’t really ideal for mp3 player use, where multiple subdirectories are kind of tiresome. I don’t own an Ipod, so I couldn’t test that functionality, but I do have a few regular USB-connected cheap things.

  • BMPx: no
  • Exaile: partial
  • Songbird: partial
  • Foobar2000: yes
  • Amarok: yes
  • Rhythmbox: yes
  • Banshee: no
  • Quod Libet: yes
  • Decibel: no

Exaile had a few plugins, but I couldn’t get them to work very well. Same with Songbird. Amarok has support, as does Foobar2000 (through a plugin) but they’re all but intuitive. Amarok didn’t autodetect my devices, though, which might be because I’m not using KDE. I don’t know. Rhythmbox and Quod Libet excelled here – they found my mp3 player automatically and adding songs to it was a breeze. I am genuinely impressed here, and that’s not happening very often.

Conclusions

So, where does this bring me? Well, of the five I tries, only three made any lasting positive impression. Amarok is very, very close to what I want from an audio player. It only fails the “send to device” and the (to me) very important “multiple genre selection” criterias. The late addition Rhythmbox was very impressive when it came to sending stuff to devices and smart playlists – but also failed the multiple genre crtiteria. I mean, c’mon – is it really that hard? Am I the only one who like using multiple genres? Quod Libet was also amongst the top contenders, but failed short mainly due to difficulties in playing external files and lack of smart folders.

The overall worst one was, beyond all doubt, Songbird. It was so useless I actually found it hard to even see if some of the stuff I was looking for were there. Its indexing seems broken, its interface horrible,… It’s possible this’ll be something usefull in the future, but right now it’s just crap.

My conclusion is simple: I’ll continue using foobar2000. I’ll try a few of these at some point in the future, to see if they’re good enough. A few of them, like Exaile, Quod Libet and Amarok, are kind of close – while others, like Songbird, seem to be just crap. I can’t believe this is the same Songbird I keep getting referred to, this is completely useless…

Anyways, I hope this helped someone.