Banshee was very delicate with external programs touching media files
That is one of the things I don't want to have in a music manager (or player) - the imposition on the media file structure.
I have noticed many tools want to "import" your files into their own structure. Especially on linux
Which ones on Linux?
I haven't noticed it on Linux any more than Windows, less so in fact.
Or maybe I'm also very turned off by media players that want to play librarian and so I pre-emptively steer clear and thus haven't encountered such.
My media needs are very simple; open this, play that, thank you very much, goodbye til next time.
In that respect, VLC has never done me wrong.
I mourn the loss of Shoutcast access, but I fully understand the reasons why.
No worries, I saved my favorite .pls files long ago and they still play.