Default Music Player in Ubuntu 12.04

Jason Warner jason.warner at
Mon Nov 21 06:44:46 UTC 2011

Hi Everyone -

Thank you all for sending feedback[1][2][3] on the default music player for
12.04. It is clear the right decision for 12.04 is to make Rhythmbox the
default music player. Thank you, above all else, for keeping the
conversation cordial and making the decision about what is best for Ubuntu.


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On Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 12:47 PM, Jason Warner
<jason.warner at>wrote:

> Hi All -
> Thanks for all the feedback on default music player. We have to nail this
> down soon so if have any further feedback for the list, please send it now.
> I want to take a final decision for Precise by Monday, November 21st.
> Thanks everyone,
>      Jason
> On Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 9:17 AM, Jason Warner <jason.warner at>wrote:
>> 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.
>>   Jason
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