Banshee: A Howling Good Media Player
Occasionally listening to music files or watching videos with lightweight media apps the likes of Gzine, Alsaplayer or Gnome Player is fine if you are not ultra demanding of your listening environment. If you do not fall into that category, Banshee is a much better multimedia option.
The Banshee Media Player's listening and viewing pleasures are in many ways similar to those that Amarok and Rythmbox provide. See my reviews here and here. All three of these media apps have a similar interface with a browser-like design for creating playlists and managing more than just your music libraries.
This latest Banshee, version 1.8.0, has a feature set that lets you do much more. For instance, it scans your hard drives and other attached storage media to catalog all existing music files, videos and podcasts. In addition, Banshee makes it simple to tune into the MiroGuide to locate music, HD Shows, video and audio collections for purchase and download.