If you are just now getting into the Linux foray and you plan on listening to music or other forms of mult-media, you are one lucky person. For those of us who have spent years struggling with various media players, the time has finally come for something really special. That something special is Banshee 2.0. With this new release comes a lot of improvements (in both performance and features.)
I want to walk you through the upgrade process for Banshee 2.0 on Ubuntu. You don't have to be using the most recent beta release of 11.04, but you really can't go back any further than Ubuntu 10.04. With that in mind, let's see what Banshee 2.0 will bring you and how you can get it installed.
Here is a list of the new features offered in 2.0.
Artist/Album Browser Track Actions: Finally you can right-click on an artist or album and select an action to act upon the selection. From that list you can Add to play queue, Play after, Add to play list, write to CD, edit track information, and more.
'Play After' Queue Options: From the Play After menu option you can insert a track or an entire album after the currently playing track. This makes listening to must on the fly very easy.
User Interface Improvements: Several changes have been made with a goal of having a clearner and user-friendly UI. These changes include:
Ubuntu One: The Ubuntu One Music Store is no longer an extension, but a part of the core Banshee application. No more enabling this feature. SoundMenu extension also enjoys this same change.
Subtitles: Support has been added for embedded and external subtitles.
There have been a ton of enhancements that are now available in Banshee 2.0. Some of these enhancements include:
The installation of Banshee 2.0 is actually quite simple, if you follow these steps:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:banshee-team/banshee-daily
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
You will notice, during the installation process, the Ubuntu One extension will be removed, this is normal and must be done, since this service is now rolled into the core.
Once the above commands are run open up Banshee and you should now see a much-improved interface as well as a far better performing player.
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