Dariusz J. Garbowski (thuforuk yahoo co uk) said:
It's a database-backed music player, and cannot be compared to xmms, which is totally different.
Therefore is not an alternative nor replacement. It's rather different application class that happens to play music.
Someone mentioned playing a file from filesystem. This is waht I do -- select files or directory from the filesystem and play it. I don't care about database backend.
You may be interested in totem as well.