Finally installed Banshee after seeing many favorable comments, and it is just what we needed here on the Linux 8 machine. Seems to offer quality and versatility.
Computer use by the tens of millions in 2010 seems pretty clearly to be (1) constant information gathering (2) streaming audio and video for entertainment and education. Computer tinkering and "surfing" were the 1990s thing (like radio dial twisting and tinkering were the thing in the 1920s). Like it or not, we're talking necessary appliance now. And with apps like Banshee and distros like Linux Mint 8, Linux is a competitor.