Since years there are rumours that Rhythmbox will be replaced by Banshee as default application in the next Distribution-Release. Are there any plans for it to be replaced? The information that I have found is ambiguous.

  • That's a very subjective and argumentative question, since there is now way to be sure, right now. – Decio Lira Aug 5 '10 at 13:19
  • Changed the question to be less argumentative – txwikinger Aug 5 '10 at 13:27

This hasn't been finalized yet. You can see on their whiteboard though that it's on the table for discussion: Ubuntu Blueprints: Desktop Application Selection for Maverick It comes down to several issues not only with the quality of the application, but it's size (for LiveCD), dependencies, and upstream's development cycle.

This shows a running log of discussions and inputs. As is noted at the bottom Banshee has some issues in the Upstream which might prevent it from making it's way into 10.10.


Banshee will become the default music player in 11.04 (Natty Narwhal). See also the whiteboard at https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/packageselection-desktop-n-application-selection (please don't edit!).


I think that will be decided during the upcoming Ubuntu Developer Summit in Florida.

  • No, the next UDS will be after 10.10 is released. It will likely get discussed in reference to 11.04 though. – 8128 Aug 13 '10 at 18:37

Banshee has replaced Rhythmbox on UNE 10.10 Alpha 3

  • Thanks, but I would like to have an answer on the Desktop-Edition! – Tim O. Aug 5 '10 at 18:39

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