Saturday, 28 May 2011

Review: Banshee Media Player So Far

My Banshee experience started with the remarkably fast import of my music collection. Oft criticised, I don't see why. Banshee imported 5188 tracks in just over 5 minutes. How many times do you run import and how fast do you need?

The interface is reasonably intuitive and vaguely familiar; my problem is thinking it's Rhythmbox and mousing in all the wrong places. You can find most features quite easily and it doesn’t get in the way of what you need/want to do...

By default, Banshee will sort your music libraries into categories such as Unheard tracks, recently played and so on. Apparently I have 16.6 days solid music to play.

Banshee will even sort your audio books into their own category, with an  option to create a sub-library in the audio book collection. You can import music from a drive or from iTunes or Amazon .mp3 account, sync with last.fm or just turn off Banshee's internet capabilities.

Banshee allows you to edit, delete, add, or check online the various meta-data attributed to a track, although the tag editor is not as good as Rhythmbox. You can than use any of the meta-data fields to search for similar tracks in your library, but the one thing it is missing is genre search in the main search pane. RC

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