Heh, just for that I'll tell you!
I am a complete eye-candy moronic type person. i.e. I lurve Object Desktoop / LiteStep etc etc...ooh pretty shiny things.
This means that I like a player to look good. My definition of good here is anything not rectangular. (Ahem) So I use Sonique for a nice looking visual thing to go with my other nice looking visual things. I like the neatness and compactness of it, and the different sizes help blend with my different themes etc.
Of course any avid user will immediately point out that all this eye candy really sucks the power out of your computer. Exactly, so when I want to listen to some MP3's and do some SERIOUS work (aka PhotoShop, VB, Dreamweaver etc) I dump everything and fire up WinAmp. I like the small windowshade mode, I love the playlist that actually works! In short it chugs away happily in the background whilst I get on with other things.
Now when it comes to sound quality, I really could not comment much, my system is crap anyway, but I uses DFX in both Sonique and WinAmp and they both sound pretty similar if not identical to me.
So decoder engines aside, for me it comes down to whatever I happen to need at that particular time. I admit it, I just love the way Sonique looks, it is buggy as hell and really annoying at times (how difficult is it to open a text stream to save some settings for example!) but the skins do it for me...(oh how sad I know...heh)
Of course there are other players on my system, like CoolPlayer for when I just have to have as many sys resources as possible, UltraPlayer for saving Internet Radio streams, WMP7 for absolutely nothing as it is the crappest thing I have ever come across!!! Urgle and even Cubic Player for, hell I don't know...when for some bizzare reason I am working in DOS and suddenly want to listen to an MP3...it happens.
Now before someone start harping on about how WinAmp does everything! I know there are plugins that let it do most things but I have found that plugins are just bad and either slow WinAmp down or crash it. I stear clear of most now aside from the visuals.
Come WinAmp 3 who knows, if it supports skinning simmilar to Sonique then maybe I'll never use Sonique again. Of course there is Sonique 2 to look forward to which looks like it is going to be pretty swanky. Who knows, I find that aside from Cool Player they're all getting far too much into the bloatware catagories. sigh. I don't want no stupid Minibrowser or MP3 search boxes! Give me simple, nice looking, stable and small anyday.
(writing on the WinAmp forum with Sonique playing in the background...bad bad bad bad bad!)
Edit - Ooh my....I'm a Member now..gosh
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[This message has been edited by Mulefire (edited September 09, 2000).]