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Your favourite music player is not supported by the new Ubuntu 10.10 sound menu or not using Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat yet? Then try Panflute, a gnome Panel applet and daemon which can control whatever music player is currently running. It can play/pause/stop, display/rate songs, display artist/song title, song change notifications and more. Each of these can be removed from Panflute so you can show only the song info or controls that you want.

The latest Panflute 0.7 adds support for music players such as Clementine, Decibel, Pithos, and Qmmp along the already supported Amarok, Rhythmbox, Guayadeque, Audacious, Banshee, Exaile, Listen, MOC, Muine, Quod Libet, Songbird and VLC.

Panflute 0.7 also comes with an option to control the player volume, seek using the mouse scroll wheel on the time display and more.

To install the latest Panflute 0.7 in Ubuntu Karmic, Lucid or Maverick (from the official Panflute PPA), use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kuliniew/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install panflute-applet

Then right click the Gnome Panel, select "Add to panel" and add Panflute.

[Thanks to LFFL!]