Default Music Player in Ubuntu 12.04

Jason Warner jason.warner at
Mon Nov 7 22:47:36 UTC 2011

Hi All -

During the recent Ubuntu Developer Summit we discussed moving from
Banshee back to Rhythmbox as the default music player for Ubuntu
12.04. No definitive decision has been taken yet (major default apps
tend to have many integration points and broader discussions are
needed before we can make that decision, such as the Thunderbird
decision in Oneiric) as we need to kick off the further discussion.

It was an interesting discussion overall and I wanted to reach out to
the broader Ubuntu community to get further feedback. So, feel free to
reply with your thoughts in this thread.

For context, here are some of the discussion points.

Areas of concern in Banshee were stability, start-up time, the overall
resource intensive nature of the application and how responsive an
upstream they were to Ubuntu specific needs. It was noted that Banshee
is by far the better UI, but many people experienced significant
issues in stability thus making it feel less usable.

Areas of concern in Rhythmbox were U1 music integration, usability and
how active an upstream they were. Most people in attendance felt that
Rhymbox "just worked" but needed quite a bit of UI/usability work to
make it a great default application choice.

I would like to welcome further feedback on the proposal to move back
to Rhythmbox here. Thanks in advance for your input.

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