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How-to: replace Banshee with Rhythmbox on Ubuntu 11.10

Removing Banshee in Ubuntu 11.10I tried. I did try. Truth is Banshee media player and I never did get on. Banshee’s searching and sorting never got into my head, simple though it is. I liked Banshee’s left pane listing of all media sources, really I did. It’s just everything on the right got piled up and was never customisable the way I wanted. I guess I never got over my ‘ex’: Rhythmbox.

Following UDS-P, it seems mono-dependent Banshee is out and Rhythmbox is back in for Unbuntu 12.04! So I’m going home; Banshee is out, Rhythmbox is back in…

  • Start in Software Centre. Filter by Installed button, top-centre.
  • Open Sound and Video category, click Banshee. Click Remove.
  • The option box will offer up the Banshee plug-ins for sacrifice. You may as well take them all out.

That’s Banshee out. If you did a clean install of 11.10, Rhythmbox needs to be installed. If you upgraded, Rhythmbox should still be sitting unloved in a dark corner awaiting a return to the spotlight!

Install Rhythmbox

  • Install Rhythmbox in Ubuntu 11.10Back in the main Software Center window, lift the filter by selecting All Software.
  • Enter Rhythmbox in the search box top right.
  • Select it from the top of the list, in the info window click install on the right. Authenticate to install and watch it go!
  • From the bottom of the info window, select Add to Launcher if that’s what you want.

Yes, you can still run apt-get install rhythmbox in a terminal if that floats your boat.

To set Rhythmbox as your default audio player
Set Rhythmbox as default media playerThere is no more “Preferred Applications” in Ubuntu Oneiric. These settings are built into System Info managed by System Settings(Gnome Control Center). Kinda…

In Unity or Gnome-shell, you should be able to click on your User Account menu at the top-right corner and choose System Settings to launch gnome-control-center. Then scroll down and click on System Info, navigate to the Default Applications tab and then you change the default apps from the drop-down lists.

Except it doesn’t work.

Forget System Info – I’m not sure why it doesn’t work as advertised, it just doesn’t. You need to set defaults on the files themselves, once per file type.

You can do the old, reliable, manual way from your file manager.

  • Right-click an example of your audio file type 9.mp3, ogg, .mp2, whatever), select Properties, Open With…
  • The current default will likely be Movie Player since you took away Banshee.
  • Rhythmbox comes up as Recommended. Select it, then select Set as Default button in bottom right.
  • Alternatively, you could accelerate the process by editing your media apps list:
    gedit ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list
  • In the [Default Applications] section change all the audio lines to rhythmbox.desktop, for example, .flac files;

And Go Rhythmbox! RC

About Robin Catling

Robin Catling gained degrees in both arts and technology which led to a diverse portfolio of employment. A freelance systems analyst, project manager and business change manager for the likes of American Express, British Airways and IBM, he moved on to web design, journalism and technical authoring. He has also worked in film and television, both behind and in front of the camera, including productions by Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, Ron Howard and Ridley Scott. A qualified three-weapon coach, he runs West Devon Swords teaching sports fencing to all age groups, and in recent years qualified with the British Federation of Historical Swordplay to teach medieval and renaissance combat in the Historical Western Martial Arts.


6 thoughts on “How-to: replace Banshee with Rhythmbox on Ubuntu 11.10

  1. Heh, just followed this guide…and then realised who it was written by! Nice one, Robin!

    Currently struggling to get google-music-frame to appear as the default application that the media hotkey launches. Got it working before, but I forgot how to do it again. Dammit…


    Posted by Dave | Dec 23, 2011, 5:06 pm
  2. Thanks a lot dude. Banshee was very crashy, and I wanted to roll back to Rythmbox. Besides, it has all those radio stations in the preset :D

    Posted by Jorge | Mar 4, 2012, 10:07 pm
  3. I’ve never used Rhytmbox (coz i’m not an older linux user) before but i know that banshee is too much to me.. enough its slow and bad behaviour.. Before i read your guide, i had been confused about how default player doesnt work..

    Thank you…

    Posted by Atila Gunes | Mar 6, 2012, 9:12 pm
  4. Nice uninstall guide however I would recommend Clementine as a super efficient media player.

    Posted by Brian | Apr 4, 2012, 2:17 pm
    • Brian: you could of course replace with your media player of choice and there are plenty out there. Clementine is good from my testing of it but there are dozens more. I decided to revert to Rhythmbox as I still like it and Ubuntu is going back there itself. RC

      Posted by Robin Catling | Apr 5, 2012, 1:05 am

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