I finally got around to looking at the problem tonight. The fix was very simple. My apologies for not addressing this sooner!
Get the updated .deb.
The problem was due to the volume range on the original Exaile going from 0-1. For some reason on maemo (OS2008) the volume range is 0-10. According to the gstreamer volume control docs the range should be 0-10, so I’m not sure why the original Exaile works properly on my desktop machine.