We are proud to announce the release of Banshee.fm 1.2

Banshee 1.2

  • Release Date: July 29, 2008
  • Source Tarball: banshee-1-1.2.0.tar.bz2
  • Release Information: NEWS, sha1sum, ChangeLog

Feature Summary

10-band Equalizer

Adjusting the equalizer can improve the sound quality of lower-quality speakers, such as those found in laptops.

Internet Radio

Banshee 1.2 features an Internet Radio station library where users can add and organize their favorite internet radio stations, allowing for easy access to news updates and streaming music.

Music Recommendations

The recommendations pane has been reintroduced in Banshee 1.2, allowing users to view suggested artists, albums, and tracks related to the currently playing artist.

DAAP (iTunes Music Sharing) Client

Users can access, search, and upload music from others’ shared collections.

Playlist Importing (.pls, .m3u)

Please import your meticulously crafted.m3u and.pls playlists.

Multi-Artist (Compilation) Album Support

Banshee 1.2 offers strong support for albums featuring multiple artists. Compilation albums, such as soundtracks, will be organized and grouped in a logical manner.

Manual Reordering of Playlists and Play Queue

You can rearrange the order of tracks in your playlists and play queue by simply dragging and dropping them. This order will remain even after restarting Banshee.

Amarok Migration

Users can easily transfer their library from Amarok to Banshee, including ratings, play counts, and podcast subscriptions without any hassle.

See the Banshee 1.0 release notes for more information on Banshee’s features!

Other New Features, Bug Fixes, Errata

  • Enhanced parsing capabilities for podcast (RSS) files.
  • Please locate and utilize the cover art from the album folder.
  • Last.fm will be added as a cover art provider.
  • The last playback source is utilized when there are no items in the Play Queue.
  • Improved performance across various aspects including startup time, memory usage, and search functionality.
  • Please turn off the screensaver when the device is in fullscreen mode.
  • Improved performance and user interface for automatic cover art retrieval.
  • Address problems related to importing and playing files within folders labeled Music*
  • Over 80 bugs fixed since 1.0


  • The version of Mono is 1.2.2, with a .NET 2.0 Profile and gmcs compiler.
  • 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
  • The following dependencies are needed to build the default feature stack: libmtp >= 0.2.0 (0.2.6 recommended), ipod-sharp >= 0.8.0, mono-zeroconf >= 0.7.3, and boo >= 0.8.1.
  • The recommended version for libmtp is 0.2.6, with a minimum requirement of 0.2.0.
  • ipod-sharp >= 0.8.0
  • mono-zeroconf >= 0.7.3
  • boo >= 0.8.1
  • The run-time requirements for the default feature stack are Podsleuth, Brasero, and Avahi.
  • podsleuth
  • brasero
  • avahi

Dependencies for openSUSE can be found in the openSUSE Build Service and are linked to the Banshee project. Adding the Banshee repository to your list can help avoid building the entire dependency chain.

In the past, Banshee developed various projects and included their source code instead of relying on external builds. These dependencies have since evolved into well-maintained projects of their own, and Banshee now relies on them externally. The decision to remove the bundles was delayed to give distributions time to ship packages and make building Banshee easier.

No Conflicts

The new release of Banshee is not compatible with versions prior to 1.0, but it will not conflict or create issues with any previous installations. If a Banshee library from a previous release is found, it will be copied and updated to work with the new version.

In order to prevent conflicts with previous releases of Banshee, all paths and packaging now use the banshee-1 project name instead of banshee. This change includes updates to file/data related items.

  • Changes were made to the installation path, application launcher, application icon name, and DBus service for Banshee.
  • Installation path changed from $(prefix)/lib/banshee to $(prefix)/lib/banshee-1
  • Application launcher changed from $(prefix)/bin/banshee to $(prefix)/bin/banshee-1
  • The application icon name has been updated from “music-player-banshee” to “media-player-banshee.”
  • DBus service changed from org.gnome.Banshee to org.bansheeproject.Banshee
  • The GConf Root Key for Banshee has been changed from /apps/banshee to /apps/banshee-1. The application data directory has also been updated from ~/.config/banshee to ~/.config/banshee-1, with the base directory being dependent on XDG settings for the user.
  • The GConf Root Key was updated from /apps/banshee to /apps/banshee-1.
  • The application data directory was updated from ~/.config/banshee to ~/.config/banshee-1. Note that the base directory may vary depending on the XDG settings for the user.

Users can now easily switch between older Banshee releases (0.13.2 and older) and new Banshee releases (0.98.1 and newer) without concerns about packaging or installation issues or conflicts with user data. It is important to note that this new release is not compatible with older versions, meaning any library changes will not be seen if running an older release.


Contributors For This Release

The release of this version of Banshee was made possible by the direct contributions of the following individuals. Their assistance was crucial to the completion of the release.

The developers involved in the project include Aaron Bockover, Alan McGovern, Alexander Hixon, Alex Launi, Arthur Carli, Bertrand Lorentz, Christopher Rogers, Fabian Jost, Gabriel Burt, James Willcox, Michael Kaiser, Peter de Kraker, Sandy Armstrong, Sebastian Dröge, Todd Berman.

Several individuals provided updated translations for this release, expanding the reach of our project.

The names listed are Andre Klapper, Benjamín Valero Espinosa, Djihed Afifi, 甘露(Lu Gan), and Wouter Bolsterlee.

Contributors In Past Releases

The following individuals have contributed to various projects and initiatives.

Reporting Bugs, Joining the Community

If you experience any issues with this release, please report any bugs encountered.

We invite individuals from various backgrounds to join our community as new contributors, including developers, translators, artists, writers, and support specialists.