So, I'm using Amarok 2 right now and I have a filter line for the
collection with a button next to it that launches an "advanced search"
dialog. From there I can easily create playlists. What it doesn't have is
the ability to take a playlist and filter out sounds in it without
creating a new playlist. Not exactly a deal breaker for me, though.
Shuffle? There's random play, by track or album, and allows one to have it
bias higher rated songs or tracks that haven't been played in a while.
Other than that, I count a number of features that were missing in
Amarok1, the interface is way more streamlined, the presentation is far
more beautiful, the widgets work very nicely, the scripting support is
even better than I remember in Amarok1 ....
... and it's a "dot-oh" release.
Whatever you want to think about and however grouchy you wish to be, I'm
finding it to be a wonderful upgrade over Amarok1.