Banshee 1.5.2

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Banshee 1.5.2 is a beta release, with several new features and lots of bug fixes, with contributions from 22 people.

New Features

iTunes importer

Import your iTunes library, including ratings and playcounts.

Rating and Playcount Metadata

Banshee is now able to read and write rating and playcount information contained in your media files. Enable this option in Preferences.

New Devices Supported

Support for Pulse and Droid phones has been added. Also, recognize Samsung Galaxy and Palm Pre devices in debug mode.

Use new 2.0 API

Subscribers will once again be able to stream music from Unfortunately, has changed its policies (and started enforcing them with the 2.0 API) such that non-subscribers cannot stream music via third party applications, including Banshee.

Internet Archive Source

This new extension adds support for searching and streaming content from the Internet Archive’s vast store of media, including 70,000 concerts and 200,000 movies. Enable this extension in Preferences.

Many Accessibility Improvements

Many months of effort went into the accessibility (a11y) improvements now released in Banshee 1.5.2. From better focus handling, to button naming, to implementing full a11y for our custom ListView widget, Banshee should now be fully accessible.

Note that to get a11y support for Banshee’s custom widgets, you will need Gtk# 2.12 from svn trunk, though we are told a new release is coming soon.

Eitan Isaacson blogged more about the a11y effort on his blog.

Other Enhancements

  • When sorting by score also sort by playcount (bgo#598431)

  • Add WICD support (bgo#596918)

  • Improve the import media dialog (bgo#559013)

  • Allow seeking in DAAP streams

  • Tooltip for the AutoDJ source combobox (bgo#598504)

  • Improve recognition of Android devices

  • PlaybackError query field (bgo#590946)

  • Additional tokens for file system organization (bgo#489861)

  • Remember direction when sorting the list view (bgo#590869)

  • Cleaner track change notification popup (bgo#565453)

  • Move settings to the preferences dialog

  • Double click toggles fullscreen in Now Playing (bgo#577971)

Notable Bug Fixes

49 bugs were fixed since 1.5.1!

  • Fix the playcount update (bgo#563021)

  • Correct default button in message dialogs (bgo#599495)

  • Hide shuffle menu when shuffling is disabled (bgo#599465)

  • Fix bug with AutoDJ updating LastPlayed erroneously (bgo#594701)

  • Fix next playback source (bgo#599834)

  • Fix adding tracks to the play queue (bgo#600498)

  • Fix up iPod podcast support (bgo#434237)

  • Fix cover art pick up for multi-disc albums (bgo#591982)

  • Fix the play queue when StopWhenFinished is on (bgo#563021)

  • Fix race when saving track metadata (bgo#598321)

Banshee has a lot more to offer! Check out the previous major release notes…


  • There is a known issue with iPod not being recognized by Banshee on openSUSE 11.2 and Ubuntu Karmic. Read more on the bug.

  • 1.5.2 is known to not build on openSUSE 11.0 and 11.0 due to Gtk# version issues. These will be resolved by 1.5.3. See the bug.

  • There is no OS X build for 1.5.2 due to difficulties with recent Mono releases for the Mac.


  • Mono 1.9.1 (.NET 2.0 Profile / gmcs)

  • SQlite 3.4

  • Gtk# 2.12

  • GStreamer 0.10.13

  • NDesk DBus (ndesk-dbus) 0.5

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

  • Mono.Addins (mono-addins) 0.3.1

  • TagLib# (taglib-sharp) ( recommended)

  • Required to build default feature stack:

    • libmtp >= 0.2.0

    • ipod-sharp >= 0.8.5

    • mono-zeroconf >= 0.8.0

    • boo >= 0.8.1

  • Run-time requirements for default feature stack:

    • podsleuth 0.6.4

    • brasero

    • avahi


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, Alexander Kojevnikov, Benjamín Valero Espinosa,
  Bertrand Lorentz, Chow Loong Jin, Eitan Isaacson, Gabriel Burt,
  Götz Waschk, Jason Taylor, Jérémie Laval, Michael Martin-Smucker,
  Neil Loknath, Nicholas Parker, Pratik Patel, Sandy Armstrong

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

  Andrej Žnidaršič, Benjamín Valero Espinosa, Daniel Nylander,
  Gianvito Cavasoli, Mario Blättermann, Sweta Kothari, Tao Wei

Contributors In Past Releases

Aaron Bockover, Gabriel Burt, Alexander Kojevnikov, Bertrand Lorentz,
John Millikin, Scott Peterson, Alan McGovern, Alex Bennee, Alex Kloss,
Alex Launi, Alexander Hixon, Alexandros Frantzis, Alp Toker,
Andrea Cimitan, Andreas Neustifter, Andrew Conkling, Andrés G. Aragoneses,
Andy Midgette, Arthur Carli, Aydemir UlaÅŸ Åžahin, Ben Maurer,
Benjamín Valero Espinosa, Bertrand Lorentz, Bill Dawson, Bob Copeland,
Bojan Rajkovic, Brad Taylor, Brandon Perry, Brian Lucas, Brian Nickel,
Brian Teague, Chow Loong Jin, Chris Howie, Chris Jones, Chris Lahey,
Chris Toshok, Chris Turchin, Christian Krause, Christoph Burgdorf,
Christopher James Halse Rogers, Cody Russell, Cosmin Banu, Dan Wilson,
Dan Winship, Daniel Munkton, Daniel Siegel, David Spreen, David Stone,
Diego E. Pettenò, Eitan Isaacson, Elena Grassi, Eoin Hennessy,
Eric Butler, Erik Schmidt, Fabian Jost, Florent Thoumie, Fredrik Hedberg,
Félix Velasco, Götz Waschk, Haitao Feng, Hans Petter Jansson, Iain Lane,
Igor Guerrero Fonseca, Ilya Konstantinov, Ivan N. Zlatev, Jack Deslippe,
James Willcox, Jan Arne Petersen, Jason Conti, Jason Taylor, Jeff Tickle,
Jeff Wheeler, Jensen Somers, Jérémie Laval, Jo Shields, Johannes Kuhn,
Jorge Castro, Juri Pakaste, Ken Vandine, Larry Ewing, Lauri Kotilainen,
Matt Enright, Michael Kaiser, Michael Martin-Smucker, Michael Monreal,
Miguel de Icaza, Mike Urbanski, Moritz Schallaböck, Nathan Palmer,
Neil Loknath, Nicholas Doyle, Nicholas Parker, Nicolò Chieffo,
Nils Naumann, Olivier Duff, Oscar Forero, Pacho Ramos,
Patrick van Staveren, Paul Lange, Pepijn van de Geer, Peter de Kraker,
Pratik Patel, Przemysław Grzegorczyk, Roderich Schupp, Romain Tartière,
Ruben Vermeersch, Sandy Armstrong, Sebastian Dröge, Tim Yamin,
Tobias Mueller, Todd Berman, Travis Glenn Hansen, Trey Ethridge,
Valentin Sawadski, Will Farrington, William Pettersson, 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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