Within the last few days, when I play any song or internet stream in Clementine, it plays the first few seconds, and then goes silent.
In Banshee, when playing MP3 files, I can't use the slider to move around in the song, it is slow to effect changes, resulting in jumping around the song and not representing the position in the song accurately. There are also problems with playing internet streams, though that might be a different issue.
If that weren't enough, videos in YouTube are slow to start, and it takes a good ten to thirty seconds for the sound and video to sync up.
So, either I'm just having a world of bad luck with a whole bunch of disparate problems.
Or, I thought, maybe since they are all connected to sound in some way, maybe there is a root problem with my sound set up and all the problems I'm seeing are symptoms.
My suspicion is that this is a gstreamer issue because so far as I can tell VLC has no such problems playing audio streams. (I wish VLC had an interface that would allow me to edit and sort playlists...)
Is there any way I might diagnose this problem?
Or do I just have to live with the fact that sound drivers and audio programs on Ubuntu are flakey?