I reviewed a boatload of Linux media players a few weeks ago and the consensus was they all either lack key features, or were meant for KDE.

Anyway, I started following Banshee, which I had tried before but left me unimpressed. Recently though, the Banshee people went all out in improving the player for its 1.0 release. It’s got everything I need, except a file browser, but it’s odd little file system queue feature does the trick. It looks fantastic, and most of its unnecessary features can be disabled because they’re plugins.

They’ve just officially released Banshee 1.0 yesterday. Unless you’re perfectly content with Amarok, try Banshee, it’s probably better than what you’re using.

2 Responses to “Finally, a good Linux media player”

  1. Daniel Nelson Says:

    My main problem with Banshee (and the reason I gave up using even 1.0) is how slowly it starts running when you have 100+ Gb of music in its library. Otherwise I love it, but the 5+ seconds of freezing that occur whenever I try to do anything with the library (and more if I try to search) is a dealbreaker. Thank you for the blog entries though, because Quod Libet seems to do the trick for me. Hopefully Banshee will be optimized, because it’s easily the best player for Gnome, despite Quod Libet’s interesting features (It seems stable now, btw).

  2. Max Says:

    Daniel: Yeah, I know, it’s pretty bad. I’ve recently been dancing between Quod Libet and Rhythmbox (again). Banshee was really starting to irritate me.

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