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Banshee is music management and playback software for GNOME. With Banshee you can easily import, manage, and play selections from your music collection. Banshee allows you to import CDs, sync your music collection to an mobile device, play music directly from an mobile player, create playlists with songs from your library, and create audio and MP3 CDs from subsets of your library.

Banshee uses Gstreamer to play, encode, and decode Ogg Vorbis, MP3s, and other music formats, with only AAC files requiring the use of RealNetwork's Helix media framework for decoding.

 Banshee 2.6.2

Free to download



Banshee team includes Aaron Bockover (Lead developer), Alp Toker, Chris Toshok, and 6 other primary developers.


System Requirements
Mono 1.2.x and full stack
gtk-sharp-2.0 2.8 or 2.10
GStreamer 0.10.3 or better (0.10.12+ Recommended)
libmusicbrainz 2.1.1 or better
libnautilus-burn 2.12 or better
GTK+ 2.8 or better
HAL 0.5.2 or better (0.5.6+ Recommended)

User Guide, FAQ, Planet Banshee, Banshee Community Forums, Plugin Repository, Mailing List Archives, Aaron Bockover

Selected Reviews:
Ars Technica, Linux Magazine, Phoronix, Linux Gazette,, Novell

Features of Banshee include:

  • Listening to internet radio with the ability to add custom stations
  • Organize your music with playlists and smart playlists to help find and listen to tracks that match user-defined criteria
  • Rip CDs
  • Burn CDs, either as MP3s or as conventional audio CDs
  • Artist/Album Browser
  • Play Queue
  • Smart shuffle
  • integration
  • Software Equalizer
  • Discover and subscribe to podcasts
  • Wide variety of plugins to extend the software including Audioscrobber, Music Sharing, Multimedia Keys, Metadata Searcher, Mini Mode, Podcast, Music Recommendations and more.
  • Update Audioscrobbler profiles enabling your music habits to be shared with other internet users
  • Support for a wide variety of Digital Audio Players including Apple iPods, Creative Nomad Jukeboxes, and USB Mass Storage Devices enabling music to be synchronized between your Linux PC and the audio device
  • Out-of-the-box support for HTC G1 (Android) phones (complete with Amazon MP3 purchase importing, cover art syncing)
  • Automated sync
  • Collection rescanning
  • Automatic cover art
  • Functions both as a DAAP (Digital Audio Access Protocol) client and a server for sharing music over a network
  • Buy new music

If you prefer KDE applications, you might want to check out Amarok instead.

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