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Banshee as default mediaplayer


Using Banshee as our default mediaplayer and cd importing application


Current status

  • Targeted release: Rejected by FESco
  • Last updated: 2009-03-06
  • Percentage of completion: 100%

Detailed Description

Providing our users with a better default media player experience along with new desirable features, a more visually pleasing interface and set of effects as well as an actively developed codebase with a large active community attached to it.

Benefit to Fedora


  • Automatically migrates existing Rhythmbox databases meaning the user can keep his ratings, podcasts, songs, etc.
  • Nice visual effects such as sliding animations, pulsing buttons. All of which provide a slicker interface.
  • Provides true synchronization for portable players along with a wide range of supported pieces of hardware
  • Active development, along with a feature roadmap and good bughandling
  • History of stability
  • Integrates cd importing and the mediaplayer
  • Provides video library functionality
  • Several interesting plugins already available as well as many in development
  • Advanced library functions


  • No Jamedo or Magnatune integration
  • No UPNP/DLNA support
  • Adds size to the CD image


All required packages are in Fedora and are actively maintained, upstream is active and has a good track record for handling bugs. The only action on the part of Fedora is changing the default to Banshee.

How To Test

  • Need testing import of existing Rhythmbox database to ensure migration

User Experience

  • For upgrades no change should be visible, rhythmbox and sound-juicer will be retained
  • For new installs we will provide Banshee and all the nice functionality


None, though it obsoletes the draft Features/RhythmboxDefaultRipper

Contingency Plan

  • None necessary, revert to previous release behaviour.


Release Notes

  • Fedora now ships with the Banshee mediaplayer, which we hope you will find provides you with a superior media experience. More information is available on

Comments and Discussion

  • This was rejected by FESco, as the requirements for inclusion involve making Banshee not written in Mono and convincing the Rhythmbox maintainer to replace his work, there is no point in continuing. I will though leave the proposal up here for anyone else to look at. See: