Lured by Karmic Koala, I've been spending the last couple of days exploring Ubuntu. Obviously as a Head-fier, one of my main priorities has been looking for a satisfactory music player (foobar has hitherto been everything I could want). My search has been somewhat complicated by my need for a player which can handle classical music properly: in particular, that means gapless playback and organisation by composer as well as by artist and album. My thoughts so far: Amarok: the best of the bunch so far. The library view is very customisable, so I can arrange by Composer or Artist according to the style of music I'm looking for. My only gripe is that it's a little slow to start (apparently due to it being a KDE application, while Ubuntu is GNOME-based). There was also an issue with it asking for a KDE passport every time it started up, but I managed to sort that one out. Gapless playback seems to work. Exaile: sets out to be a GTK version of Amarok, and has potential. Unfortunately the library view doesn't seem to be customisable to include composers, and gapless playback is 'experimental'. Banshee: similar to Exaile, but seems to be similarly uncustomisable. Songbird: I haven't tried this one yet; from what I've read, there seem to be a lot of concerns about bloat, so I think I'd prefer something leaner. MPD-based systems: there are quite a few clients available which interact with the MPD server. In theory this seems perfect - customisable and resource-light - but I spent several hours today trying to get this up and running, to no avail. Beyond my abilities. Any suggestions for the perfect player?