Thursday, June 12, 2008

Banshee 1.0 Released

Banshee is a free audio player for GNU/Linux operating systems, that is built upon Mono and Gtk#. It uses the GStreamer multimedia platform for encoding, and decoding various music formats, including Ogg Vorbis, MP3 and FLAC. Banshee can play, import, and burn audio CDs, and supports many portable media players, including Apple's iPod and Creative's ZEN players, in the current (May 23, 2008) version. Music stored on the iPod can be played without synchronization, and album art stored in the Banshee library is transferred to the iPod. Support for MTP and PlaysForSure devices, as well as the Rio Karma player is planned for the near future.

From Wikipedia

From dannybuntu debian newbie's perspective. At the start, this Banshee thing looks a little like Rhythmbox. Except that it has some functions akin to Amarok. So it must be an Amarhythmbox!

Like Rhythmbox it has a very simple you can't miss it interface. Like Amarok it has nifty plugins that work magic on the music player if you are connected to the Internet.

Another feature is the Recommended Artists feature which gives you a list of music artists that have a similarity to the artist that you are currently listening to.

It also shows you the top album of an artist that you have selected. Perfectly designed for you to buy music online.

I guess after 1.0 they would probably add more bling to this yet another music player.

One thing I would commend regarding this project is its great launching. Nice name, many packages for the different flavors of Linux (Hahaha! It's in Lenny now! Downloadable via aptitude)

Oh, well I guess they should add this to the list.