|Amarok with Radiance script|
Banshee and Rhythmbox
I am lumping these two players together since they are quite similar. Rhythmbox has been around long time and it still takes far too long to scan my collection, but it gets there in the end, which is more than I can say for Banshee, which I left over night (and it took all of that night) on my other PC and it used all of it's 4GB RAM and 4GB Swap space and froze up the machine! It promptly got uninstalled after I discovered what it had done!
|Banshee on my laptop|
Clementine is a port of the old Amarok 1.4 for those who do not like what Amarok has become. It's best feature for me is it's transcode function, useful for transcoding FLAC to Mp3 for example which I think is on a par with Foobar's transcoding abilities. It's not bad, but still doesn't scan my large collection quick enough compared with Gmusicbrowser. Also I wish I could change the colour of that brown sidebar!
|Clementine running on my laptop|
So for now it's back to Gmusicbrowser. I've been using it since writing that article in 2009. It is still the quickest at scanning and rescanning my collection. I also love the way you can easily Google a track from it's own notification pop-up or from the player itself. And you can easily change to a different track in the same album or a different album from the same artist from the same Notification window. It also has fairly reasonable tagging support, not quite as good as Amarok's though. The lack of decent integration into a modern desktop is it's only downside. You can use the native Notify system but you lose those aforementioned abilities.
|Gmusicbrowser (on my laptop)|
So I'm sticking with Gmusicbrowser for now, but I do wish there was one or two perfect music players for Linux that can cope with very large collections, have good tag and album cover support and doesn't take a day to scan my collection! There are far too many other random music players that are form over function to mention here. There are also lots of small players like Audacious and Aqualung that are great for playing a few tracks but they do not have a proper library. Please do suggest music players that might fit my requirements in the comments below.