Problems using xmms on KDE

Using KDE version 3.3.2 (among other window managers) I had been using JuK for a while. I had used xmms with my Debian Sarge installation at some point, but while playing around with fvwm, had switched to JuK. Not having been diligent while ripping my CD collection to mp3, not all mp3s had proper ID3 tags on them. Nor did they necessarily have “guessable” conventions for the file names, so that JuK could figure them out.

Being a Winamp junkie on Windows, I switched back to xmms. However, when I attempted to play an mp3 through xmms, I got a pop-up that said, “Couldn’t open audio” and also:

Please check that:

Your soundcard is configured properly
You have the corrent output plugin selected
No other program is blocking the soundcard

After trying various configurations for xmms, I went to the Control Center, under the KDE menu. Under “Sound & Multimedia -> Sound System” I unchecked the box marked, “Enable the Sound System.” I believe this turns off sounds for window events–but I’d rather listen to music from my preferred player that have sound effects for my windows.