Audio CDs play fine in Ubuntu 11.10 but in Kubuntu 11.10, even with AmaroK 2.5, audio CDs appear as playback devices and can also be ripped but I cannot play the CDs directly. AmaroK shows the CD tracks but trying to play them after adding them to the playlist does nothing. In Bangarang, CD tracks don't show up at all. KsCD crashes and does not start.
In Clementine, CDs don't show up. In MPlayer and its front-ends, including SMPlayer and UMPlayer, the CD sound stutters because, according to the MPlayer log, the CD cache for MPlayer does not respond (irrespective of the cache size). In Kaffeine with Xine, the CD plays (at least the first track) but there is no list of tracks and neither can I skip tracks.
GNOME-based CD players such as Sound Juicer and Goobox pull in half of GNOME itself, which is undesirable. So, I seem to have run out of options, except for VLC, Winamp-inspired (Qmmp, Audacious) and Mono (Banshee), all of which I want to avoid. Is there any way to make audio CDs play with either GStreamer, Xine or MPlayer (preferably GStreamer)?