Banshee 1.2.1

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Changes Since the Last Release

Banshee 1.2.1 is a maintenance and bug fix release to Banshee 1.2.0. We’ve polished a few features, fixed a good handful of bugs, and our wonderful translators have contributed some worthy updates!

Features & Enhancements

  • Drag and drop albums or artists from the browser

  • New import source to aid in importing videos from your camera

  • Show cover art in Now Playing

  • Pressing play will play the first track selected if nothing is loaded

  • Pressing o on a track selection behaves the same as pressing enter

  • Include never-played tracks when querying against last played (e.g. [played>"2 days ago"](

  • Prefer cover art named cover/folder/front.jpg over other image files

  • Translation updates from 19 translators

Notable Bug Fixes

  • Fix bug with loading USB Mass Storage Players

  • Fix ASX and mms:// support

  • Fix a common crash when quitting Banshee 1.2

  • Amarok importer now migrates date added and last played

  • Fix crash when editing smart playlists with date fields

  • 24 bugs fixed since 1.2

See the Banshee 1.2 release notes for more information on Banshee’s features!


  • Mono 1.2.2 (.NET 2.0 Profile / gmcs)

  • SQlite 3.4

  • Gtk# 2.10

  • GStreamer 0.10.3

  • NDesk DBus (ndesk-dbus) 0.5

  • NDesk DBus GLib (ndesk-dbus-glib) 0.3

  • Mono.Addins (mono-addins) 0.3.1

  • TagLib# (taglib-sharp) 2.0

  • Required to build default feature stack:

    • libmtp >= 0.2.0 (0.2.6 recommended)

    • ipod-sharp >= 0.8.0

    • mono-zeroconf >= 0.7.3

    • boo >= 0.8.1

  • Run-time requirements for default feature stack:

    • podsleuth

    • brasero

    • avahi

Please note that for openSUSE, all of the dependencies above can be found in the openSUSE Build Service, and are linked into the Banshee project. Even if you build from source, if you wish to avoid building the entire dependency chain above, add the Banshee repository to your repository list.

Historically, Banshee has fostered development of a number of projects and bundled their source code instead of depending on external builds. Many of these dependencies have matured and grown into well maintained projects on their own, and we are now depending on them externally. We waited to remove the bundles long enough to allow for distributions to ship packages to reduce the pain of building Banshee.

No Conflicts

This new release is not backwards compatible with versions of Banshee before 1.0, however, it will not conflict or cause any problems with any previous release you may have installed. If a Banshee library is located from a previous release, it will be copied and migrated to work with the new version.

Previously, all paths and packaging used the banshee project name. We are now using the banshee-1 project name to avoid any packaging, installation, or user-data conflicts with previous releases of Banshee. For instance, the following file/data related things have changed:

  • Packaging/Installation

    • Installation path changed from $(prefix)/lib/banshee to $(prefix)/lib/banshee-1

    • Application launcher changed from $(prefix)/bin/banshee to $(prefix)/bin/banshee-1

    • Application icon name changed from music-player-banshee to media-player-banshee

    • DBus service changed from org.gnome.Banshee to org.bansheeproject.Banshee

  • User Data Access

    • GConf Root Key changed from /apps/banshee to /apps/banshee-1

    • Application data directory changed from ~/.config/banshee to ~/.config/banshee-1 (note, the ~/.config base directory depends on XDG settings for the user)

These changes mean you can have installed and use both older Banshee releases (0.13.2 and older) and new Banshee releases (0.98.1 and newer) without worrying about packaging or installation problems or user data conflicts. Keep in mind however, that this release is not backwards compatible with older releases. If library changes are made in this new release, they will not be reflected if you run an older release.


Contributors For This Release

The following people directly contributed to the release of this version of Banshee. Without their help, there would be no release!

Aaron Bockover, Benjamín Valero Espinosa, Bertrand Lorentz, Brian Teague, Félix Velasco, Gabriel Burt, Jo Shields

The following people contributed updated translations to this release. Without them, our project’s reach would be much more limited.

Ahmad Farghal, Alexandre Franke, Alexandre Prokoudine, Andre Klapper, Benjamín Valero Espinosa, Claude Paroz, Daniel Nylander, Fabricio Godoy, Gabor Kelemen, Gianvito Cavasoli, Ignacio Casal Quinteiro, Jochen Skulj, Jordi Mas, Mark Krapivner, Og Maciel, Tomasz Dominikowski, Vladimir Melo, Wouter Bolsterlee, Žygimantas Beručka

Contributors In Past Releases

Aaron Bockover, Alan McGovern, Alexander Hixon, Alexandros Frantzis, Alex Kloss, Alex Launi, Alp Toker, Andy Midgette, Arthur Carli, Aydemir Ulaş Şahin, Benjamín Valero Espinosa, Ben Maurer, Bertrand Lorentz, Bill Dawson, Bob Copeland, Bojan Rajkovic, Brian Nickel, Brian Teague, Chris Lahey, Christian Krause, Christopher Halse Rogers, Chris Toshok, Chris Turchin, Daniel Munkton, Dan Wilson, Dan Winship, Eric Butler, Fabian Jost, Félix Velasco, Fredrik Hedberg, Gabriel Burt, Hans Petter Jansson, Igor Guerrero Fonseca, Ilya Konstantinov, Ivan N. Zlatev, James Willcox, Jan Arne Petersen, Jason Conti, Jeff Tickle, Jorge Castro, Jo Shields, Juri Pakaste, Ken Vandine, Larry Ewing, Lauri Kotilainen, Michael Kaiser, Michael Monreal, Miguel de Icaza, Mike Urbanski, Nathan Palmer, Nicholas Parker, Oscar Forero, Patrick van Staveren, Pepijn van de Geer, Peter de Kraker, Ruben Vermeersch, Sandy Armstrong, Scott Peterson, Sebastian Dröge, Tim Yamin, Todd Berman, Trey Ethridge, Will Farrington, Wouter Bolsterlee

Reporting Bugs, Joining the Community

If you encounter any bad behavior with this release, please do not hesitate to file bugs!

We welcome new contributors - developers, translators, artists, writers, support gurus - to join our community. Join us!

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