I installed security patches today, and one of them was Real Player 10 for linux, which incorporates the helix engine (the one I was having a problem with in Amarok). The problem I had was that the helix engine would reset the PCM sound to 0 after every track, which was annoying! Xine also would not work. I had given up and moved to XMMS (not as good) but after this patch that bug is gone!!

Happy days!