Stefan Westerfeld has posted a first draft of cool new plans for the new multimedia architecture for KDE2, based on aRts (the "analog realtime synthesizer"). Plans include merging the two existing media players (noatun and kaiman), new media types, infrastructure improvements, improved MIDI and more. The full draft (edited by our own Dre) is attached below.
KDE2.1 Multimedia Plan (draft)
Information, screenshots, and source for noatun, a new media player, developed in the hope for release as part of KDE2.1 is available at noatun.derkarl.org. Noatun will be more than capable of competing head-to-head with XMMS, and is already stable, and usable. Comments and help are, as always, welcomed.