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Banshee 1.0 is more than an audio player (video)

By Chad Files on July 02, 2008 (7:00:00 PM)

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Banshee 1.0 is finally here, and the development team has added a truck load of new features; making it not only an audio player but a full blown media player and manager. This video discusses all of the new and improved features of version 1.

  • Album and Artist based browsing system.
  • The new Play Queue.
  • Improved search features.
  • Better Last.fm integration.
  • Video management and playback.
  • Automated features such as automatic CD ripping and cover art downloads.
  • New intelligent shuffle button.
  • Full podcast support.
  • New metadata tags for audio files.
  • Advanced portable device integration.
  • New Brasero-based CD burning infrastructure.

Ogg Theora

Chad Files, a software developer and writer, has been developing software applications for more than 10 years, and is a contributing developer to many open source projects.

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Banshee 1.0 is more than an audio player (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 69.146.94.193] on July 02, 2008 07:47 PM
Banshee is a truly great product.

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Banshee 1.0 is more than an audio player (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 71.131.212.144] on July 02, 2008 08:37 PM
Banshee 1.0 is a product that locked up three times on my openSUSE machine in less than ten minutes after installing. The user interface isn't terribly intuitive either.

It's not ready for prime time. I'll still to Kaffeine, thanks.

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Banshee 1.0 is more than an audio player (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 64.147.9.101] on July 02, 2008 08:58 PM
I too am running openSUSE (11.0) with gnome. I like this version better than the previous, although I was expecting the software equalizer, only to read that it has been disabled (some gstreamer issue, I guess). A minor issue I discovered is that after sorting my music by file location, Banshee 1.0 does not save it, and I have to keep resorting every time I reopen the program. I don't particularly use the video capabilities, as I prefer just an audio player, but what the heck.

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Banshee 1.0 is more than an audio player (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 82.232.16.14] on July 02, 2008 09:26 PM
I do not care about the video either. The best audio player I found for my huge collection is GMusicBrowser. I'm always surprised that almost nobody knows it. I guess it's because its default configuration is not very flashy, to say the least :( But it's really worth a second look :)

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Banshee 1.0 is more than an audio player (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 85.93.138.198] on July 02, 2008 09:41 PM
play everything? the answer is vlc..play everything with GUI...bmpx....try it and forget about "just" last.fm or shoutcast....

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Banshee 1.0 is more than an audio player (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 68.229.176.190] on July 03, 2008 11:52 PM
Finally, something to hold a candle to Windows Media Player...

I'll consider switching from amarok likely-- especially if the plugin allows for tempo shifting-- I've missed that ever since I made the jump-- Rap and Classical just isn't listen-able without it.

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UPnP anyone?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 80.198.254.193] on July 04, 2008 09:52 AM
Banshee is a really good product, unfortunately it seems to have no support for UPnP which is a shame. It should be easy to add though, if we look at how little time we took at adding it in the Canola application for the Nokia Internet Tablets.

Kenneth

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Banshee 1.0 is more than an audio player (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 60.50.215.1] on July 04, 2008 09:53 AM
Thank you for this great review/tutorial. I wish all apps in linux has this kind of review/tutorial. Make moving to linux easy. I'm surprised to see comments that prefer this over that. Be thankful. It's FREE.

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Banshee 1.0 is more than an audio player (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 83.249.193.68] on July 05, 2008 10:32 AM
I don't like the "import" way of working. Can it work like Rhythmbox and just watch a folder for changes? Same goes for that other big Gnome Mono-app: fspot. I like to organize my stuff BOTH manually and with the aid of a program.

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