I pretty much have the same experience. I used to love Amarok, but then they kept adding a ton of bloat, dependencies on ruby and databases and whatever so I lost interest. Today I just run mplayer in a shell window, that provides me with everything I want from a media player.
Originally Posted by TurbulentToothpick
Frankly, if you are happy with that running mplayer from a shell window solution, then Amarok was never supposed to be the player for you.
Originally Posted by Staffan
There's nothing wrong with that - many people like you only want a minimal player.
Amarok is not that kind of minimal player, and was never meant to be.
True, my usage pattern has probably changed since then, but that is probably at least in part due to me getting tired of the increasing bloat in Amarok. I got sick of constant issues with ruby and what not, I don't remember all the grievances anymore and I have since realized I don't need all that crap.
Originally Posted by smitty3268