Thanks Mishail. And thanks for pointing out that API news. As you can see, I wrote this almost a year before posting it, and I haven’t been following the forums as closely as I used to. The abandonment of several components that I consider crucial to my foobar setup has left me using 0.9.4.x, and trends like the one described in this post left me with a diminished enthusiasm for the player in general. In 2005 and 2006, things looked great, but now I just don’t know. My money is on Songbird for the future; but until it’s perfected, my obsoleted yet functional foobar setup will have to do.