Banshee 1.5.3

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Banshee 1.5.3 is a beta release, with several new features and lots of bug fixes, with contributions from 16 people.

New Features

Sync Device From Playlist Option

screenshot showing sync device from playlist options

Either manually manage what files are added/removed to your device, or choose a playlist to sync from. You can make a size-limited smart playlist to sync just the right amount to your device.

Type-ahead Find in Track, Artist, and Album Lists

screenshot showing typeahead find in the Banshee track list

An alternative to filtering, type-ahead find jumps you to the first track to match your query. Activate with shift+/, cancel with Esc, and jump to next match with F3. In track list it matches against artist, album, or title.

Optional Cover Art in Lower-left Corner

screenshot showing lower-left cover art

Turn on via View > Show Cover Art

Cover Art Editable via Drag-and-Drop and Right-click

cover art can be changed by right clicking on it or via drag and drop

Can edit via the cover art in the track editor, lower-left corner, and beside the seek-slider.

Audiobooks Library

screenshot showing the audiobooks extension listed in Preferences

Rough first version, main benefits are separating your books from your music and defining a different file system organization. In future versions we plan to add intuitive bookmarking and a better browsing experience. Enable in Extensions tab of Preferences.

Library-folder Watcher

screenshot showing Library Watcher extension listed in Preferences

Watches your libraries’ folders for added, renamed, or deleted files, and updates your libraries appropriately. Requires Mono >= 2.4.3. Enable in Extensions tab of Preferences.

eMusic Importer/Downloader

screenshot showing eMusic extension in the Import Media dialog

If you have purchased music from eMusic and have a .emx file, Banshee will download and import the music files for you. Select ‘eMusic Files’ from the normal Media > Import Media dialog. Enable in Extensions tab of Preferences.

GIO File Backend, Supports Non-local Files

This backend uses the GIO library to support importing local files and network-share files alike. Requires glib >= 2.22 and Gio#.

Other Enhancements

  • Improved Podcast filtering/browsing
  • Extension preferences tab reworked
  • Extension names/descriptions translated
  • Improved sqlite performance
  • Added –set-rating=RATING command line option
  • Support for Nexus One devices

Notable Bug Fixes

75 bugs were fixed since 1.5.2!

  • DAPs (ipods, etc) should work on DeviceKit-using distros
  • Fix issue with DAAP authenticating
  • Podcast renaming should work well now
  • Podcast download cancelling is now fast
  • Internet Archive results paging off-by-one fixed
  • Should build with older Mono/Gtk# again (eg on openSUSE 11.0)
  • Fix issue with MTP devices on 64-bit distros

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


  • 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) >=
  • 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 >= 0.6.6
    • 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, Alan McGovern, Alexander Kojevnikov, Andrés G. Aragoneses, Benjamín Valero Espinosa, Bertrand Lorentz, Chris Howie, Christian Krause, Eitan Isaacson, Félix Velasco, Gabriel Burt, Jack Deslippe, Matt Enright, Neil Loknath, Oben Sonne, Ruben Vermeersch, Sandy Armstrong

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

Alexandre Prokoudine, Amanda Magalhães, Andrej Žnidaršič, Benjamín Valero Espinosa, Bruce Cowan, Daniel Nylander, Gabor Kelemen, Gianvito Cavasoli, Jordi Mas, Mario Blättermann, Miloš Popović, Ville-Pekka Vainio

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 Ulaş Şahin, 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, Oben Sonne, 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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