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Banshee
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Banshee's main interface
Developer(s) Aaron Bockover
Initial release 2005-02-17[1]
Stable release 1.5.5  (March 10, 2010; 3 day(s) ago (2010-03-10)) [+/−]
Preview release none [+/−]
Written in C# (Mono)
Operating system Linux, Mac OS X
Available in Multilingual
Type Media player
License MIT
Website www.banshee-project.org

Banshee is an open-source media player, originally called Sonance until 2005[2]. Built upon Mono and Gtk#, it uses the Helix and GStreamer multimedia platform for encoding and decoding various media formats, including Ogg Vorbis, MP3 and FLAC. Banshee can play and import audio CDs and supports many portable media players, including Apple's iPod, T-Mobile G1 and Creative's ZEN players.[3] Other features include Last.fm integration, album artwork fetching, smart playlists and podcast support. Banshee is released under the terms of the MIT License and is available for Linux as well as Mac OS X operating systems.

Contents

Plugins

Using a plugin-capable architecture, Banshee is highly extensible and customizable. Current stable plugins include:

  • Audioscrobbler: Adds the capability of reporting played songs to a user's Last.fm playlist, and play last.fm radio stations (user's library, tags, similar to, etc.).
  • DAAP music sharing: Allows sharing of music libraries with iTunes and other DAAP-compatible music software. The current version of Banshee is only partially compatible with iTunes 7, allowing iTunes to open a Banshee library, but not vice-versa.
  • iPod manager: Allows the transferring of songs, videos, and album art to and from the device.
  • Metadata searcher using Musicbrainz: Automatically retrieves missing and supplementary metadata for library items, including album art.
  • Music Recommendations using Last.fm: Recommends music based on the currently playing song.
  • Mini-Mode plugin: Provides a small window with minimal playback controls and song information.
  • Multimedia keys support in GNOME: Banshee can be controlled via multimedia keys as configured through GNOME.
  • Notification Area Icon: Adds an icon to the notification area in GNOME.
  • Podcasting: Enables Banshee to subscribe to podcast feeds, which are updated on a regular basis. There is also a "Find new podcasts" feature which utilises Podcast Alley.
  • Radio: Provides support for streaming internet radio stations.

Helix Banshee

Helix Banshee is a version of Banshee, included in SLED and available in openSUSE (non-OSS media). It is based upon the Banshee core, but adds support for the Helix framework for playback and transcoding, in addition to GStreamer. Helix Banshee does not modify the core of Banshee in any way, it simply builds upon it via Banshee's extensible plugin framework.

Release history

Official Release History feature list

Color Meaning
Red Old release
Green Current release
Blue Future release
Version Release date Significant changes
0.13.2  ?  ?
1.0 June 5, 2008
  • Album Browser
  • Play Queue
  • Now Playing section
  • Video support
  • Audio CD support
  • CD Ripping/Burning
  • Podcast support
  • Integrated Next/Shuffle button
  • Device support (MTP, iPod, Mass storage)
  • Mini mode
  • Automatic cover art
1.2 July 29, 2008
  • 10-band Equalizer
  • Internet radio
  • Music recommendations
  • DAAP client
  • Playlist importing
  • Compilation album support
  • Manual reordering of playlists and play queue
  • Amarok migration
1.2.1 August 12, 2008
  • Bugfix release
1.4 November 10, 2008
  • Improved device support
  • Support for the HTC Android G1
  • Support for Mac OS X
  • New track editor
  • New rescan library tool
1.4.2 January 20, 2009
  • Bugfix release
1.4.3 March 4, 2009
  • Improved MTP support
  • Device playlist sync
1.5 June 1, 2009
1.5.1 October 13, 2009
1.5.2 November 20, 2009
1.5.3 January 27, 2010
  • Sync device from playlist
  • Type-ahead Find
  • Optional cover art in lower left corner
  • Editable cover art
  • Separate library for audiobooks
  • Library-folder watcher
  • eMusic Importer/Downloader
1.5.4 February 24, 2010
1.5.5 March 10, 2010
  • Gapless playback
  • Album grid view
  • YouTube extention
1.6 March 31, 2010  ?

See also

References

External links

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Template:Infobox Software

Banshee is an open-source media player, originally called Sonance until 2005[1]. Built upon Mono and Gtk#, it uses the Helix and GStreamer multimedia platform for encoding and decoding various media formats, including Ogg Vorbis, MP3 and FLAC. Banshee can play and import audio CDs and supports many portable media players, including Apple's iPod, T-Mobile G1 and Creative's ZEN players.[2] Other features include Last.fm integration, album artwork fetching, smart playlists and podcast support. Banshee is released under the terms of the MIT License and is available for Linux as well as Mac OS X operating systems.

Contents

Plugins

Using a plugin-capable architecture, Banshee is highly extensible and customizable. Current stable plugins include:

  • Audioscrobbler: Adds the capability of reporting played songs to a user's Last.fm playlist, and play last.fm radio stations (user's library, tags, similar to, etc.).
  • DAAP music sharing: Allows sharing of music libraries with iTunes and other DAAP-compatible music software. The current version of Banshee is only partially compatible with iTunes 7, allowing iTunes to open a Banshee library, but not vice-versa.
  • iPod manager: Allows the transferring of songs, videos, and album art to and from the device.
  • Metadata searcher using Musicbrainz: Automatically retrieves missing and supplementary metadata for library items, including album art.
  • Music Recommendations using Last.fm: Recommends music based on the currently playing song.
  • Mini-Mode plugin: Provides a small window with minimal playback controls and song information.
  • Multimedia keys support in GNOME: Banshee can be controlled via multimedia keys as configured through GNOME.
  • Notification Area Icon: Adds an icon to the notification area in GNOME.
  • Podcasting: Enables Banshee to subscribe to podcast feeds, which are updated on a regular basis. There is also a "Find new podcasts" feature which utilises Podcast Alley.
  • Radio: Provides support for streaming internet radio stations.

Helix Banshee

Helix Banshee is a version of Banshee, included in SLED and available in openSUSE (non-OSS media). It is based upon the Banshee core, but adds support for the Helix framework for playback and transcoding, in addition to GStreamer. Helix Banshee does not modify the core of Banshee in any way, it simply builds upon it via Banshee's extensible plugin framework.

See also

File:Free Software Portal Free software portal

References

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