In some ways amarok bothers me because it is so big and tedious.
But the winamp style players like audacious are too small and featureless.
Today I was reading about how to change system configuration on programs that are used by default to open things and a guy was going on about how wonderful "exaile" is. So I installed it.
$ sudo apt-get install exaile
It is slightly less tedious than amarok, maybe easier to get what I want. It behaves somewhat like windows media player. It asks for the directory to search for music files and then it builds an index that you can see by genre or artist. Works ok for me.
I've had to put the meta information into a lot of mp3 files that I created in the old days. Otherwise they just show up as "unknown artist" or such. The program that's really good for that is "tagtool". It has a special feature that you can set it to guess tags from file names. Suppose you have a folder of songs like this:
You can always waste effort to individually set tags for each one, but tagtool has a multiple file tagging thing where you specify the format, as in
then it parses the titles and puts in the right tags. Then you can select same and set all genre to same.