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I'm having a bit of an annoying problem with Banshee. I have a library that's not so big, only 300-400 songs. However, I'm the problem arises when I play songs. When I double click to play a song, it plays normally, as expected. But during a playlist or my whole library, or even a playlist with a single song being played, something funny happens: It starts the next track f.ex. in the middle, but not at the beginning. Rarely at the beginning. This is quite annoying, and I don't really have an idea what may cause it. It used to work completely fine before, and I find it hard to believe that it may be a matter of a corrupted database in Banshee.

Has anyone else had this problem, and if so, is there any solution to this?

I'm sorry if this is the wrong place to ask, but I believe it'd be appropriate since I do run Ubuntu (11.10) and Banshee is the default player.

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Problem solved:


The problem was caused by the gapless playback option. Disabling it made the problem disappear with instant effect.
There seems to have been a good amount of problems with this feature throughout history when I searched it up.
The reason why it happens is hard to understand off the bat, but it's most probably a bug.

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  • It'd be nice if you also accepted your own answer so others can see that it's solved. Nov 13, 2012 at 10:02
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Possible cause:

As hard as it might be to believe, it is most likely a corrupt database.

Possible solution:

You can backup your database, then rescan your library, and the problem should be gone. If it is not gone, then you need to report a bug (because it would be something wrong in the code and not the database.

To backup the database:

  • Navigate to /home/yourusername/.config/banshee-1
  • Rename banshee.db to something else (such as bansheebk.db)

To rescan the library:

  • Open Banshee
  • Go to: Tools>Rescan Music Library

Let it complete, then try playing music again and the problem should be gone.

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  • It didn't solve the problem... What I just saw was this: The slider actually moves, all by itself, through the seekbar to some random point. I don't have any idea what that's about. It's a clean, newly made database, too. Would this qualify as a bug, or should I make further research before filing it?
    – user50909
    Mar 16, 2012 at 23:56

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