For the first performance head to head, we take the remaining music players and test their ability to not wakeup the processor unnecessarily. More wakeups per second is bad and means that the processor can’t go to sleep, this usually translates to more power usage. Powertop was used for the testing.
The first graph (below) shows the startup, playing, and idle after playing wakeups per second on a logarithmic scale. The “playing” wake ups don’t really matter.
This second graph goes more into detail on the two key data points, startup and idle wakeups.
The Best: Rhythmbox and Musique get practically perfect scores
Second Best: Clementine and Amarok were even at about 1.1 wakeups per second (which is still really quite good)
The Middle: Gmusicbrowser did the best, followed closely by Quod Libet and then Banshee. These are still relatively good results from powertop.
The Worst: Guayadeque clearly lost where it counts, but Audacious didn’t do so well either.
Testing notes: Banshee froze (<30 seconds) on startup updating something. Amarok spent a good amount of time at startup writing out to files (powertop picked up on this).
I’m not removing any music players in this round. I’m going to wait until the memory tests (next), and the CPU tests are done before choosing which players don’t get to make it to the next round of review.