even the latest version 1 or what ever version is out right now. on linux what i find that works really well at least on kde desktop is amarok. that is good give the correct codecs are installed.
From my experiences, VLC is good for windows, especially playing
movies, however I find it a bit sub-par for playing music. I've
skinned it like winamp, and it's cool that it supports winamp skins
now, but its just not geared as a music player.
I would think most people would rather Windows Media Player, Winamp,
iTunes, etc play their music files, so they're not opening a separate
player just for one file.
That's just my 2cents though.