I am having a problem with Amarok 1.4.10 in openSUSE 11.1 that was not in 10.3. When Amarok is playing, the hard drive is in constant use. If something else, like a find, runs Amarok starts skipping. There is also a skip when ever I un-pause play. I dont see anything in Amarok config to increase or use a memory cache.
googling around i've found that lot's of forum threads suggest to use phonon xine backend to avoid amarok skips tracks
amarok can play with phonon gstreamer backend without any additional suse repository using the gstreamer "good" plugins (and good extras, but not sure that's mandatory...) in addition to the fluendo mp3 decoder
Other players work but amarok simply refuses to play any mp3s. I tried to play them from my external hard drive and I even copied a few of them to my desktop. I add the file to the playlist and when I click Play nothing happens. It is not a sound issue (I checked the settings and when I click test sound works) also if it was playing at least the progress bar would be moving and it isn't.
When I play music in Amarok using the Gstreamer backend, playback will simply stop ever 30 to 90 minutes and not resume until I click Next Track. Pressing Pause or Stop and then Play doesn't do anything.
When I use the VLC backend, sound will be terribly distorted and scratchy for 20 to 60 seconds after the computer was started and then continue to play normally.