Banshee by default in Intrepid

Luke L lukehasnoname at
Mon Jun 9 04:39:37 UTC 2008

I was going to suggest Exaile, but at the moment it has a memory leak
that gets worse as it plays more music (it was taking up 800 MB!). I
know that I do not like Rhythmbox's layout or playlist functionality.
I like Amarok better than RB, but Ama doesn't detect my media keys on
my laptop like RB does.

Exaile is the best of Ama and RB put together. Banshee is mono, which
while not an apocalyptic evil, is not what I would prefer. Of course,
that's why we can choose what to install from the repos.

Elisa should not be the only media player included in Intrepid or ANY
release. It's a great HTPC sort of software, but not as a casual, run
in the background sort of player.

Full disclosure: I only tried Banshee once, briefly, and it was buggy
as Hell. Memory aside, Exaile should be looked at. I don't know about
its iPod support, though.

On Sun, Jun 8, 2008 at 1:43 PM, Darren Albers <dalbers at> wrote:
> Since F-Spot is installed by default Mono is now part of the base
> install.  So outside of all the debate around Mono, have we considered
> installing Banshee as the default media player in Intrepid now that
> Banshee 1.0 is released?
> There are a couple of positives to using Banshee by default over Rhythmbox:
> 1) Complete iPod support (Rythmbox only supports reading from iPods)
> 2) Large support for reading and writing from various media players.
> 3) Integration with Brasero for burning audio disks
> 4) Can rip audio from CD's
> 5) Built-in support for
> Downsides:
> 1) Seems to have more dependencies than Rythmbox
> 2) To have the iPod support we need Podsleuth.
> 3) Banshee uses up around twice as much memory as Rythmbox: 45 megs to
> 23 megs on my system.
> 4) Rythmbox has more out of the box streaming audio sites.
> If we use Banshee we can get rid of Sound Juicer and gain iPod support
> out of the box.   If we use Banshee we can say to people: "Yes, your
> iPod or other digital music player will work out of the box.  Just
> plug it in and go."
> I know this will trigger a huge debate on Mono but that really is
> off-topic since the decision to use F-Spot in Hardy brought Mono in.
> If there is some positive feedback to this I can write up a spec on launchpad.
> Thanks!
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