I use exaile as a default audio player in my Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. I really like amarok but it is a KDE app and it does not blend well with Ubuntu. Exaile is much like amarok and I have been using it for sometime now. The multimedia keys do not work by default on exaile and must be enabled by activating a plugin. Just go to Edit>Preferences and click on plugins. Then check the box GNOME Multimedia Keys.
Now you can use your multimedia keys. Have fun.
I am using Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Alpha 2 and when I updated today, when I held down a key, I did not get repeated keypresses as I would normally. I don’t know which update actually caused this, but it was due to some packages I upgraded recently (any ideas?).
I just went to Keyboard Preferences (System > Preferences > Keyboard) and checked “Key presses repeat when key is held down” but it still did not work, for some reason. Then, I just played around with the sliders (Delay and Speed) and it started working.
Finally, I typed in the Test Field and set the preferences to my taste.
I have written this just in case somebody does not figure this out themselves.
Hope this is helpful.