Banshee 2.0.0

  • Release Date: April 6, 2020
  • Source Tarball: banshee-2.0.0.tar.bz2
  • Release Information: NEWS, sha256sum

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Banshee 2.0 is the culmination of six months' work by 36 developers and ozens of translators, bug reporters, and testers. It is a stable release, the successor to Banshee 1.8.

Artist/Album Browser Track Actions

Track actions (play, queue, remove, delete, edit, properties) now work for the artist and album browser too! Right click an artist or album to act on it, or click an album and press 'q' to queue it.

Screenshot showing Banshee's new album/artist actions, and the Play After play queue feature

'Play After' Queue Options

Want to listen to a track, album, or artist right after the playing track, album, or artist? The 'Play After' option will insert it into the queue to make it happen.

User Interface Improvements

We have made several changes toward a cleaner and more usable UI. We got rid of the active source's title bar. Search is now beside the volume button. The source list has smaller icons, hidden counts for the libraries, and named group-separators. The seek slider and search entry are resizable via their grips.

Podcasts episodes are now shown in a grid, with several lines of description shown to help you find an appealing episode to enjoy.

Ubuntu One Music Store and SoundMenu Extensions

These two extensions have been moved from Banshee Community Extensions and are now core Banshee extensions.


Added support for embedded and external-file subtitles.


  • Support Amazon Cloud Player browsing and downloading
  • Remember sources' column configuration
  • 'Shuffle by' respects user-selected artist/album
  • MultimediaKeys: Support Pause, FastForward, Rewind, Repeat and Shuffle
  • Album grid has tooltips for ellipsized text
  • MusicBrainz cover art search supports CDBaby and Jamendo
  • Allow to clear the play queue while in Populate mode
  • Add a new 'Recently Played' default smart playlist
  • Blank track editor spin buttons when 0
  • Remove Home and Photo folder import sources
  • Improved write-metadata-to-file performance
  • Many improvements and fixes to the F1 user guide
  • Add support for handling u1ms:// links
  • AmazonMp3.Store: support
  • Daap: Keep a list of recently used remote servers
  • Advertise lastfm scheme handling in the .desktop files
  • MiroGuide: Handle Listen links from front page
  • Playlists: Recognize m3u playlists without header (bgo#645351)
  • LibraryWatcher: Guard against watching incorrect dirs (bgo#633309)
  • Subscribe to Internet Archive searches as podcasts
  • Massively rework the podcast edit dialog
  • Add 'Podcast Properties' to episode menu
  • WebOSDevice: Support playlists (bgo#641486)
  • New Devices Supported:
    • Huawei Ideos Android phones
    • LG Ally phone
    • LG Optimus S Android phone
    • Nexus S and Xperia X10 mini pro
    • Sharp IS01 and IS03 Android phones
    • Sirius Alpha Android phone
  • Add DBus method to clear the play queue
  • MPRIS 2.0 support - DBus API
  • Windows build (alpha-quality) now available
  • Mac build (beta-quality) has been updated

Notable Bug Fixes (277 fixed since 1.8!)

  • Remove unused Mono.Addins.Gui dependency
  • Fix checkbox hover prelight in Fixup
  • Always grab search entry focus on ctrl+f
  • MiroGuide: Properly escape search query strings
  • AmazonMp3.Store: Fix search query escaping
  • [TrackEditor] Don't try to load metadata over HTTP
  • [AppleDevice] Sync dialog would be displayed forever
  • bgo#587936: AppleDevice: Sync the Sort* fields
  • bgo#631172: AppleDevice: Fix podcast support
  • bgo#636448: AppleDevice: Fix music appearing in Videos in Banshee
  • bgo#634652: AppleDevice: Remove invalid tracks before syncing
  • bgo#540503: Remove Jump... from context menu
  • bgo#540525: Stop when the playing track is deleted
  • bgo#545998: Sensitize and pluralize podcast actions appropriately
  • bgo#609463: Equalizer distortion
  • bgo#620010: Displaying random image for "All Albums"
  • bgo#623441: Duplicates on import due to character encoding
  • bgo#624734: Allow editing Radio stations again
  • bgo#629005: Full-screen on multi-head displays
  • bgo#629534: TaskStatusIcon missing-ctor crash
  • bgo#630039: Concatenated and untranslatable string
  • bgo#631277: Crash in when editing some tracks' metadata
  • bgo#631687: Non-local tracks added to DAP without extensions
  • bgo#631961: [Gio] Invalid cast exception
  • bgo#632114: Hang when replaying video
  • bgo#632246: Missing-ctor issue in SourceComboBox
  • bgo#632420: Use the MeeGo client if appropriate
  • bgo#632715: Bookmarks UI not getting loaded
  • bgo#633579: Fixup not getting reloaded correctly
  • bgo#633764: [Dap] not transcoding some files when we should
  • bgo#633841: Recognize webm as video
  • bgo#634096: Empty track # in filename patterns
  • bnc#642505: Insecure LD_LIBRARY_PATH
  • bgo#637202: Initialize the ipod each time we load
  • bgo#630209: Fix podcast flag for video podcasts
  • bgo#635780: Prevent GroupSources from being selected
  • bgo#540394: Don't overwrite existing files when ripping
  • bgo#635776: Ensure karma-sharp's DLLmap is copied in the build
  • bgo#634662: Make search entry in MeeGo panel correctly show query
  • bgo#634686: Fix streaming broken after first play
  • bgo#635426: Ensure track filter actions updated
  • bgo#635453: Fix regression with importing mkv
  • bgo#637333: MeeGo: Fix NRE at start up
  • bgo#637350: Fix SimpleTable crash
  • bgo#636077: Fix Podcasts selection bug w/ DAP plugged in
  • bgo#637366: SmartPlaylistSource: Fix NRE with "selected by random"
  • bgo#637365: SmartPlaylistSource: Clear the condition when it's not enabled
  • bgo#637303: FileChooserDialog: Fix error message on first launch
  • bgo#637627: FullscreenWindow: Keep fullscreen when showing volume osd
  • bgo#638477: X11NotificationArea: Enhance check for RGBA visual
  • bgo#637991: SourceRowRenderer: Fix vertical alignment calculation
  • bgo#611796: [Preferences] Have source list use theme icon size
  • bgo#639044: UnknownTrackInfo: Avoid NRE if URI is null
  • bgo#639032: LastfmStreaming: Delete the Loved stations from the database
  • bgo#639603: Fix NRE when current track doesn't have a Uri
  • bgo#486543: Playlists: Fix parsing when started from root directory
  • bgo#640276: AmazonMp3.Store: Fix country detection for United Kingdom
  • bgo#638070: LibraryWatcher: Don't watch non-existing dirs
  • bgo#635779: Fix crash after disabling some extensions
  • bgo#636435: PlayQueueSource: Fix track prepending when not playing
  • bgo#641000: NowPlaying: Fix resizing fullscreen control bar
  • bgo#640455: PlayQueue: Additional padding for the fill controls
  • bgo#643407: GStreamerSharp: Properly handle GStreamer errors
  • bgo#641674: SmartPlaylists: Fix queries with { and }
  • bgo#623183: DatabaseTrackInfo: Fix rating update on current track
  • bgo#637717: audio-profiles: fix duration for CBR lame profile
  • bgo#614192: GStreamer: Fix inappropriate repeating
  • bgo#643782: Mpris: Distinguish between music and video playlists
  • bgo#641515: Workaround X BadMatch crash
  • bgo#619609: Metadata: Do not fetch covers for unknown albums/artists
  • bgo#631012: Audiobook: Fix crash when switch to playlist
  • bgo#628087: Handle setting SearchEntry.Query to nullb
  • bgo#602145: InternetRadio: Clear playback errors when playing
  • bgo#635951: Fix skipping removed/deleted tracks

Banshee has a lot more to offer! Check out the previous major release notes...


  • Mono 1.9.1 (.NET 2.0 Profile / gmcs)
  • SQlite 3.4
  • Gtk# 2.12
  • GStreamer 0.10.13
  • NDesk DBus (ndesk-dbus) 0.5
  • NDesk DBus GLib (ndesk-dbus-glib) 0.3
  • Mono.Addins (mono-addins) 0.3.1
  • TagLib# (taglib-sharp) >=
  • Required to build default feature stack:
    • libmtp >= 0.2.0
    • mono-zeroconf >= 0.8.0
    • boo >= 0.8.1
    • webkit-1.0 >= 1.2.2
    • gdata-sharp >= 1.4
    • glib >= 2.22, gio-sharp >= 2.22.2, gtk-sharp-beans >= 2.14.1, gudev-sharp and gkeyfile-sharp
    • libgpod-sharp >= 0.7.95
  • Run-time requirements for default feature stack:
    • GIO/udev
    • Brasero >= 0.8.1
    • Avahi
    • gst-plugins-bad (providing the bpmdetect GStreamer plugin)


Contributors For This Release

The following people directly contributed to the release of this version of Banshee. Without their help, there would be no release!

Aaron Bockover, Alan McGovern, Alexander Kojevnikov, Alex Launi, Alex Willmy, Andreas Nilsson, Andrés G. Aragoneses, Aran Cox, Aurélien Mino, Benjamín Valero Espinosa, Bertrand Lorentz, Chow Loong Jin, Christian Krause, Dougal Stanton, Dustin C. Hatch, Frank Ziegler, Gabriel Burt, Ján Sokoly, Jensen Somers, Jonas Urth Olsen, kentaro KAZUHAMA, Koichi Akabe, Mackenan Grassi, Mark Busby, Martin Lettner, Micha? Sawicz, Olivier Dufour, Paul Cutler, Pete Johanson, Raimo Radczewski, Rodney Dawes, Samuel Gyger, Sjoerd Simons, Tim Fisken, William Friesen, Yuuto Tokunaga, Zhou Ting

The following people contributed updated translations to this release. Without them, our project's reach would be much more limited.

Andika Triwidada, Andrej Žnidarši?, Ángel Sanz, António Lima, Aron Xu, Benjamín Valero Espinosa, Bruce Cowan, Bruno Brouard, Carles Ferrando, Cheng-Chia Tseng, Daniel Korostil, Daniel Mustieles, Daniel Nylander, David Planella, Fran Diéguez, Gabor Kelemen, Gabriel F. Vilar, Gianvito Cavasoli, Inaki Larranaga Murgoitio, Joe Hansen, Jordi Mas, Jorge González, Kenneth Nielsen, Kentaro KAZUHAMA, Kjartan Maraas, Krix Apolinário, Leonid Kanter, Lucian Adrian Grijincu, Marek ?ernocký, Mario Blättermann, Matej Urban?i?, Maxim V. Dziumanenko, Michael Kotsarinis, Petr Kovar, Rudolfs Mazurs, Sira Nokyoongtong, Takayuki KUSANO, Ville-Pekka Vainio, Xandru Armesto, Yaron Shahrabani, Yuri Myasoedov, Žygimantas Beru?ka, ????? ?????????????

Contributors In Past Releases

Aaron Bockover, Alan McGovern, Alex Bennee, Alex Kloss, Alex Launi, Alex Mauer, Alex Willmy, Alexander Hixon, Alexander Kojevnikov, Alexandros Frantzis, Alp Toker, Anders Petersson, Andrea Cimitan, Andreas Neustifter, Andreas Nilsson, Andrew Conkling, Andrés G. Aragoneses, Andy Midgette, Aran Cox, Arthur Carli, Arun Raghavan, Aurélien Mino, Aydemir Ula? ?ahin, Ben Maurer, Benjamín Valero Espinosa, Bertrand Lorentz, Bill Dawson, Bob Copeland, Bojan Rajkovic, Brad Taylor, Brandon Perry, Brian Lucas, Brian Nickel, Brian Teague, Chow Loong Jin, Chris Howie, Chris Jones, Chris Lahey, Chris Toshok, Chris Turchin, Christian Hergert, Christian Krause, Christoph Burgdorf, Christopher James Halse Rogers, Claude Paroz, Cody Russell, Cosmin Banu, Dan Wilson, Dan Winship, Daniel Munkton, Daniel Siegel, David Nielsen, David Spreen, David Stone, Diego E. Pettenò, Dougal Stanton, Dustin C. Hatch, Eitan Isaacson, Elena Grassi, Eoin Hennessy, Eric Butler, Erik Schmidt, Fabian Jost, Felipe Almeida Lessa, Fernando Casanova, Florent Thoumie, Frank Ziegler, Fredrik Hedberg, Félix Velasco, Gabriel Burt, Garrett LeSage, Ghislain Lacroix, Götz Waschk, Haitao Feng, Hans Petter Jansson, Harold Schreckengost, Iain Lane, Igor Guerrero Fonseca, Ilya Konstantinov, Ivan N. Zlatev, Jack Deslippe, Jakub Steiner, James Willcox, Jan Arne Petersen, Jason Conti, Jason Taylor, Jeff Tickle, Jeff Wheeler, Jensen Somers, Jeroen Budts, Jo Shields, Johannes Kuhn, John Millikin, Jonas Urth Olsen, Jordi Mas, Jorge Castro, Julien Moutte, Juri Pakaste, Ján Sokoly, Jérémie Laval, K. Vishnoo Charan Reddy, Ken Vandine, Kentaro KAZUHAMA, Kevin Duffus, Koichi Akabe, Konstantin Oshiyko, Larry Ewing, Lauri Kotilainen, Lukas Lipka, Mackenan Grassi, Marijn Ros, Mark Busby, Matt Enright, Matt Sturgeon, Michael Kaiser, Michael Martin-Smucker, Michael Monreal, Michael Monreal, Micha? Sawicz, Miguel de Icaza, Mike Gemünde, Mike Urbanski, Moritz Schallaböck, Nathan Palmer, Neil Loknath, Nicholas Doyle, Nicholas Parker, Nicolò Chieffo, Nils Naumann, Oben Sonne, Olivier Dufour, Oscar Forero, Pacho Ramos, Patrick van Staveren, Paul Cutler, Paul Lange, Pavel Antonov, Pepijn van de Geer, Pete Johanson, Peter de Kraker, Pratik Patel, Przemys?aw Grzegorczyk, Raimo Radczewski, Robin Stocker, Roderich Schupp, Rodney Dawes, Romain Tartière, Ruben Vermeersch, Ryan Collier, Samuel Gyger, Sandy Armstrong, Scott Peterson, Sebastian Dröge, Shaun McCance, Sjoerd Simons, Tim Fisken, Tim Yamin, Tobias Mueller, Todd Berman, Travis Glenn Hansen, Travis Reitter, Trey Ethridge, Valentin Sawadski, Will Farrington, William Friesen, William Pettersson, Wouter Bolsterlee, Yuuto Tokunaga, Zhou Ting

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