Banshee is a fancy powerful music player, presenting the user a clean clear interface and numerous features and plugins, such as metadata sync, ratings, Wikipedia-based artist info, DVD and audio CD support, radio, podcasts, support for numerous external devices, online sources (eMusic import, Internet Archive, last.fm, Miro, etc).
Banshee 2.4 has been released after six months of work, work performed by 31 developers, 33 translators and numerous testers.
Banshee 2.4 brings DVD playback support navigable via mouse and keyboard, as well as improved additional filters (genres and years) when in browsing content.
Banshee Media Player 2.2.1 has been released weeks ago, but has been updated to the official PPA just now.
Banshee 2.2.1 is mainly a bug fixes release and comes with an improved Amazon Mp3 Store, better Ubuntu One Music Store handling, manageable audio books and various other fixes.
How do we install Banshee 2.2.1?
Add the following official PPA (Maverick, Natty, Oneiric)
Banshee 2.2 final was released few days ago and landed in Ubuntu 11.10, but .deb packages weren't provided for Natty Narwhal.
Banshee official stable PPA has just been updated and provides now the latest 2.2 version final, so, in order to install/update the latest Banshee 2.2 add the following official PPA (Natty)
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:banshee-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install banshee
Banshee 2.2 has landed in Ubuntu 11.10 BETA 2 as a "culmination of six months' work by 35 developers, 38 translators and dozens of bug reporters and testers. It is a stable release, the successor to Banshee 2.0".
What is new in Banshee 2.2?
The successor of Banshee 1.8, Banshee 2.0, the "culmination of six months' work by 36 developers and dozens of translators, bug reporters, and testers", has just been released bringing many new features and a huge number of bug fixes (more that 270 since Banshee 1.8).
What is new in Banshee 2.0?
It seems that recently there have been some contradictory discussion between the Banshee team and Canonical concerning the percentage of the revenue given by Canonical (who wants to become profitable and sustainable) to Banshee/Gnome Foundation (related to Ubuntu One Music Store and AmazonMP3 plugins).
The conclusions (settlement) are:
Banshee 1.9.2 has just landed in Ubuntu 11.04, Natty Narwhal, bringing the Ubuntu One Music Store extension and better integration with the sound menu.
Along with the many bug fixes, this new version also comes with new enhancements:
- implements the proper close/quit behavior in the sound menu
- implements the playlist interface
- many improvements to the F1 user guide
- adds support for Nexus S and Xperia X10 Mini Pro
- enables the sound menu and disable Notification Area by default
Banshee 1.9.1 has landed in Natty Narwhal daily builds becoming the default music player and, obviously, integrated with the a nicer sound menu (the play/pause buttons have been polished and look gorgeous).
Along with many bug fixes, there are a lot of changes in Banshee since 1.9 version (Maverick Meerkat has Banshee 1.8) like: