I've watched this thread for several days now and I'm gonna answer your question honestly PuterDudeJ!
Now, I'm a heavy DX theme user / customizer and an equally serious audiophile.
Do I use the built-in media players that comes with the DX themes?
To be blunt with you, no. And here's why.
First of all, you have very little or no control over your over-all audio quality as opposed to a more formidable and dedicated multimedia player.
The other key here is it's being just a media player instead of multimedia. You look at WMP, WinAmp, Media Center, Sonique and even Xion and you see full complements of controls and abilities to handle all media, visualizations, album art and so on.
People are spoiled, people want to see this stuff, and we're talking about a player that does less than a iPod!
As fond as I am with the seamless integrations of a great DX theme, including my theme collection from you, I'm a quality first guy when it comes to my sounds.
I also understand program abilities, software limitations, embedded coding and know that DX designers such as you, takes great pain with these designs. The attentions to details are magnificent. So do I think the players that you guys build into your themes are a waste of time, effort and space?
With all my heart, no!
But, do you think that the DX theme users are wishing that their integrated DX players were on par with the other high quality multimedia players that are out there?
Yes we do!
Time, patience and inevitable evolution is all this takes.
In the mean time, Desktop X themes are totally off the hook as it is. And it's guys like you PuterDude, who sees to it that it remains world class.
For the folks that love to agree and disagree, this is not a debate, just opinion!