monkey's a database first and a player second. he allows you to use winamp to play the songs with or his built in player.
using winamp you do not get the features that you do when you use his built in player.
when you play a song with monkey he will add it to his database.
when you move a song from out side of monkeys controll after he has it in his database, he will not be able to play it
and when you try he will turn the song gray in his listview area showing you he don't know where the song is?
so no matter what if you want to use another database and play music then monkey won't do it for you because he will add them to his database. he does not keep playlists as other players do. he keeps them in his database. he can handle large to insanely large librarys that way. which all other players choke on the over 50 gb library's monkey does not, he will handle i think up to unlimited size of library.
has better way to tag with the extra scripts that were wrote for use with him and still more features being added and scripted for use.
why would anyone need to use any other database program? monkey is the best one there is. sure some systems have
trouble but some systems are being used in different ways then what was thought of doing with monkey. and some are smaller then need to be for use with what everything they are used for by the users. so those seem to have the most issues. if you have the space and the computer speed then there are less issues. plus different hardware sometimes causes issues.
but those are the same for every program.
so you should figure out what you want to use a multiple set up of programs just to play music that will be slow in doing what you want to do, when compaired to mediamonkey's speed.
or use mediamonkey and enjoy the features of his that you use.
me i have been using monkey on my jukebox for 5 to 7 years now non stop. i only just stopped it in middle of november last year because i changed the hardware out and got the xp system in it.
i have been using mediamonkey 3 on several computers with xp pro sp3 on and still with mm 2.5 on them aswell. so its working well for me here.
only a few bugs now and then.
one thing i would suggest is this.
find on the forum or monkeys support site links a link to download mm 3.0 and then get it first. then don't put anything in database or get any extra stuff. just get the next released versioin from there and over install it on to mm 3.0 then go on with that until you get to mm 184.108.40.2064 or the current released version.
then you should start adding the songs in and using it.
that is what i was doing with mediamonkey 3. and never got the bugs and errors others were getting..
the others were doing first time download and installs.
i just did that first time download and install on that new jukebox system i mentioned and it has been giving me all the bugs and errors the others had been getting so i think monkey needs to be over installed from one of the older versions not to get the bugs and errors. but i don't know which mm 3 version that would be so i said to go to the start of mm 3.
but don't over install mm 2.5 with mm 3.x because that will cause you mega tons of errors because mm3 does not clean out the mm 2.5 files. and they mess up mm 3.x
or you could just do the first time downlaod and install of mm 3.2 and try to get any bugs you find reported to support so they can fix them.