Banshee 2.4.0

  • Release Date: 2020-03-21
  • Source Tarball: banshee-2.4.0.tar.xz
  • Release Information: NEWS, sha256sum

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Banshee 2.4 is the culmination of six months' work by 31 developers, 33 translators and dozens of bug reporters and testers. It is a stable release, the successor to Banshee 2.2.

In Memoriam

This release is dedicated to Scott Thomas Peterson, who passed away a few months ago. He was a great guy and a valued contributor to the Banshee project and to the wider Mono community. In particular, he created the Mono.Upnp library which now powers our new UPnP support.

New features

DVD playback support

Watch your DVDs with Banshee. You can navigate in the DVD's menus using the mouse or the keyboard.

Screenshot showing Banshee playing a DVD

More flexible browsing of your media

You can now display the genres and years in the browser, in addition to the artists and the albums, and use them to filter your music library. The artist filter can be hidden, or it can be set to only display album artists, instead of all artists in your library.

Screenshot showing Banshee's new browser content options

UPnP support

Browse and play music or videos shared over your local network via a UPnP device.

Other Enhancements

  • Several improvements to Muinshee, our alternative UI
  • Add separate options for writing ratings and play counts to files
  • Dap.MassStorage: Add support for the Archos Internet Tablet and the NEC LifeTouch Note
  • Dap.MassStorage: Don't sync 'unknown album' metadata
  • Dap: Add support for DOS folder separator in playlists
  • Update values for the Smiley Face equalizer preset
  • MusicBrainz: Enable FreeBSD support
  • Set the PulseAudio media.role property
  • StreamPositionLabel: Fix label when loading
  • Preferences: Change wording of Metadata settings
  • Add a Composer filter in the SearchEntry filter menu
  • Lastfm: Use one single directory for caching
  • Dap.MassStorage: metadata resync in manual mode.
  • AudiobookLibrarySource: Accept tracks dragged from playlists
  • Dap.MassStorage: Add and use specific icons for Xperia phones
  • Emusic.Store: Remove unneeded refresh
  • Mpris: Add xesam:userRating field in track metadata.

Notable Bug Fixes (91 fixed since 2.2.0!)

  • UbuntuOneMusicStore: Ensure u1ms URIs passed at startup get loaded
  • Daap: Fix crash while resolving the address of a DAAP service
  • DatabaseImportManager: Support importing .mka files
  • Notify playlists on rating change through d-bus or command line
  • Mpris: Change trackid type from string to DBus object path
  • Mpris: Fix OpenUri method to also support http URIs
  • Gio: Fix encoding of URIs in Directory class and fix values in database
  • LibraryWatcher: Catch and log exception when processing changes
  • bgo#548366: Allow primary sources to marked as temporary
  • bgo#628518: build: Add a --disable-webkit flag to configure
  • bgo#638130: Fix importing of rating and play count when updating track
  • bgo#644145: Fix FileLocation queries for the StartsWith operator
  • bgo#644270: Fix crash on Windows if the log file can't be opened
  • bgo#647898: Try to fetch coverart without an internet connection
  • bgo#648522: Fix race condition when starting multiple instances.
  • bgo#649277: NotificationArea: Only use supported tags in the message
  • bgo#651743: YouTubeTile: Fix construction of the playback URI
  • bgo#656439: Audiobook: Add a button to go back to the list of audiobooks
  • bgo#656533: Notification: Fix application name used in internal notify#
  • bgo#658803: Prune CoverArtDownloads table when removing tracks
  • bgo#659146: Daap: Always send revision-number in update requests
  • bgo#659841: GnomeBackend: Be more robust against GConf failures
  • bgo#661322: PlaybackShuffleActions: Fix crash when setting shuffle mode
  • bgo#661467: AmazonMp3: Handle plain text AMZ files now sent by Amazon
  • bgo#662122: AudioscrobblerConnection: Fix crash during scrobbling
  • bgo#662883: Fix activation of UbuntuOneMusicStore source on startup
  • bgo#662906: AudiobookLibrarySource: Fix crash when adding tracks
  • bgo#663318: GConfProxy: Don't use a proxy if the proxy host is empty
  • bgo#664079: Skip empty files when importing and show error
  • bgo#664381: Dap.MassStorage: Rename Xperia X12 to Xperia arc
  • bgo#666981: LibraryWatcher: avoid importing incomplete files
  • bgo#667355: SourceWatcher: Fix SQL error caused by incorrect escaping.
  • bgo#667478: Fix build with libmtp 1.1.
  • bgo#668417: Fix MusicBrainz dllmap for cross-architecture support
  • bgo#671536: WebBrowser: Implement SSL certificate validation

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


  • Mono 2.4.3 (.NET 2.0 Profile / gmcs)
  • SQlite 3.4
  • Gtk# 2.12.10
  • GStreamer 0.10.26
  • GLib 2.22
  • dbus-sharp 0.7
  • dbus-sharp-glib 0.5
  • Mono.Addins (mono-addins) 0.6.2
  • TagLib# (taglib-sharp) >=
  • Required to build default feature stack:
    • libmtp >= 0.3.0
    • mono-zeroconf >= 0.8.0
    • boo >= 0.8.1
    • webkit-1.0 >= 1.2.2
    • gdata-sharp-youtube >= 1.4
    • gio-sharp >= 2.22.3, gtk-sharp-beans >= 2.14.1, gudev-sharp and gkeyfile-sharp
    • libgpod-sharp >= 0.7.95
    • Mono.Upnp >= 0.1 (Mono.Upnp 0.1.1 is recommended)
  • Run-time requirements for default feature stack:
    • udev
    • media-player-info
    • 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!

Adam Lofts, Age Bosma, Alex Launi, Alexander Kojevnikov, Andre Klapper, Andres G. Aragoneses, Arun Raghavan, Bertrand Lorentz, Chow Loong Jin, Felipe Castillo, Frank Ziegler, James Otting, Jo Shields, Jordi Mas, Kentaro KAZUHAMA, Kevin Anthony, Neil Loknath, Nuno Araujo, OKANO Takayoshi, Olivier Dufour, Pacho Ramos, Phil Trimble, Robin Stocker, Roderich Schupp, Rodney Dawes, Timothy Arceri, Tobias Arrskog, Travis Glenn Hansen, Udesh Liyanaarachchi, Will Thompson, William Witt

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

Andrej Žnidarši?, António Lima, Benjamín Valero, Bruno Brouard, Changwoo Ryu, Cheng-Chia Tseng, Christian Kirbach, Daniel Mustieles, Daniel Nylander, Fran Diéguez, Funda Wang, Gabor Kelemen, Gianvito Cavasoli, Hajime Taira, Hendrik Knackstedt, Jiro Matsuzawa, Jordi Mas, Jorge González, Kentaro KAZUHAMA, Kristjan SCHMIDT, Marek ?ernocký, Mario Blättermann, Matej Urban?i?, Mateusz Kacprzak, Misha Shnurapet, Muhammet Kara, OKANO Takayoshi, Pavol Kla?anský, Piotr Dr?g, Praveen Illa, Rudolfs Mazurs, Yuri Myasoedov, ???????? ???????

Contributors In Past Releases

Aaron Bockover, Abner Silva, Adam Lofts, Age Bosma, Alan McGovern, Alban Crequy, Alberto Gonzalez, Alex Bennee, Alex Kloss, Alex Launi, Alex Mauer, Alex Willmy, Alexander Hixon, Alexander Kojevnikov, Alexandros Frantzis, Alp Toker, Anders Petersson, Andre Klapper, Andrea Cimitan, Andreas Neustifter, Andreas Nilsson, Andrew Conkling, Andrés G. Aragoneses, Andy Midgette, Andy Street, 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, Carlos Sanchez, Chase Geigle, 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, Corec, Cosmin Banu, Dan Wilson, Dan Winship, Daniel Munkton, Daniel Siegel, David Nielsen, David Spreen, David Stone, Diego E. Pettenò, Dinh Ngoc Tu, Dougal Stanton, Dustin C. Hatch, Eitan Isaacson, Elena Grassi, Eoin Hennessy, Eric Butler, Erik Schmidt, Fabian Jost, Felipe Almeida Lessa, Felipe Castillo, Fernando Casanova, Florent Thoumie, Frank Ziegler, Fredrik Hedberg, Félix Velasco, Gabriel Burt, Garrett LeSage, Ghislain Lacroix, Götz Waschk, Haitao Feng, Hajime Mizuno, Hans Petter Jansson, Harold Schreckengost, Iain Lane, Igor Guerrero Fonseca, Ilya Konstantinov, Ivan N. Zlatev, Jack Deslippe, Jakub Steiner, James Otting, James Willcox, Jan Arne Petersen, Jason Conti, Jason Taylor, Jeff Tickle, Jeff Wheeler, Jensen Somers, Jeroen Budts, Jo Shields, Johannes Koch, 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 Anthony, Kevin Duffus, Koichi Akabe, Konstantin Oshiyko, Larry Ewing, Lauri Kotilainen, Lukas Lipka, Mackenan Grassi, Marijn Ros, Mark Busby, Mark Saunders, Martin Pitt, 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, Nuno Araujo, Oben Sonne, Okano Takayoshi, Olivier Dufour, Oscar Forero, Pacho Ramos, Patrick van Staveren, Paul Cutler, Paul Lange, Pavel Antonov, Pepijn van de Geer, Pete Johanson, Peter de Kraker, Phil Trimble, 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, Timothy Arceri, Tobias Arrskog, Tobias Mueller, Todd Berman, Travis Glenn Hansen, Travis Patterson, Travis Reitter, Trey Ethridge, Udesh Liyanaarachchi, Valentin Sawadski, Victor Vargas, Will Farrington, Will Thompson, William Friesen, William Pettersson, William Witt, Wouter Bolsterlee, Yuuto Tokunaga, Zhou Ting.

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