cjf has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I'm working on a project that involves playing a large number of short mp3, or possibly ogg files over extended periods of time. My main concerns are regarding reliability and being able to switch between files seamlessly. The script will be developed for use on Linux systems and portability isn't a big issue.

A few quick searches around CPAN turn up Audio::Play::MPG123 and a few other related modules. Has anyone used Audio::Play::MPG123 before? Is it reliable? Are there better alternatives, either using mp3 or ogg format? Thank you for your replies.