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Banshee 2.9.0 was recently uploaded to the official Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr repositories. This is the first release that uses GTK3 and among others, it adds device synchronization for Symbian.

Banshee 2.9.0 Ubuntu

Banshee is a cross-platform media player built using Mono and GTK# that uses GStreamer for playing various media formats. It was once the default Ubuntu media player but it was replaced with Rhythmbox starting with Ubuntu 12.04 because it was still using GTK2, among others.

This is the first 2.9.x development release that will lead up to a future stable Banshee 3.0 and besides the changes mentioned above, it comes with other enhancements such as:
  • add basic AppData file for inclusion in open source app stores;
  • add keywords to .desktop entry for easy find in Unity & GNOME Shell;
  • main UI: make Search textbox remember its size;
  • Last.fm: avoid unnecessary wait when submitting successful scrobbles;
  • DatabaseImportManager: Add .amr to import whitelist;
  • PlayerEngine: Add support for accurate seek;
  • GSettings: implement new, still unused, SchemaExtractor for GSettings;
  • build: use the gui-thread-check profiler module by default when debugging;
  • configure: better guess for the C# compiler available;
  • AppleDeviceSource: use progressUpdaters for all sync operations.

There are also about 37 notable bug fixes. For more info, see the official release notes.

If you're using Ubuntu 14.04, you can install the latest Banshee 2.9.0 by using the Ubuntu Software Center or by typing the following command in a terminal:
sudo apt-get install banshee

Unfortunately there are no Banshee 2.9.0 packages available in PPAs for older Ubuntu versions, at least not yet.
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