In xmms there are two ways to play a CD, analog or digitally. You can
configure this in the CD Audio Player plugin. gnome-audio does not
have the corresponding option. Becuase of this gnome-audio will not
work with USB sound devices which require the digital extraction.
Posts on the ALSA groups say adding this option to gnome-audio is the
only solution. Meanwhile use xmms.
The net of this is that it is very difficult for a new user who buys
something common like the Microsoft USB speakers to get them working.
gnome-audio should add this feature, check the output device and
change the CD playback mode automatically.
More info: gnome-audio is written to play CD's assuming that a wire is in place
from the CD player to the audio card. This assumption is not correct for USB
audio. You can't hook the wire up when you are using USB audio since there is no
place to hook the wire to.
gnome-audio needs to be modified to bring the audio into the CPU and then send
it out via alsa.
This bug has been fixed in Fedora Core 4.
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