September 6, 2011

Banshee vs Amarok (and the winner is)

If you are like me, you may have already spent a few years running Ubuntu Linux (what ever version) and then to find out the latest version 11.04 with Gnome 3 and Unity just didn't go over that well for ya!

Since I have discovered Ubuntu was not going to be my future operating system, I started to look around and trust me, I have found what I think to be a very good alternative to Ubuntu, it's called Kubuntu.

I am currently working with Kubuntu 11.04 with KDE so far not to many problems, I have had to update a bunch of packages, and go through the normal tweaks anyone would go through with configuring a new operating system to meet their personal needs, but so far have had nothing but good experiences over the last three-weeks.

Until the other day I'm thinking most if not all was looking good, and then I put a music CD in the drive to find out something very unacceptable was about to happened "I couldn't figure out how to play the CD" it took me up to an hour to figure out how to play the music CD I inserted in the drive (I was like WOW) you have to be kidding.

Back in the Ubuntu days with Banshee,  I would insert a CD and had music playing within seconds.  All the tracks would display within a very easy to use media player (it just worked really well) it would also work well with detecting my  iPod Touch (only the photos not the music files yet).

I have researched upgrading my Kubuntu 11.04 with Banshee and so far I see no problems with eliminating Amarok completely, and installing the latest version of Banshee.

In my not so humble opinion, the developers who work on Amarok need to take a few steps back, and rethink what they are doing!

Yes, as you already know, I was used to Banshee with Ubuntu, but when it takes someone that long (an experienced user at that) to figure out how to play a CD-Rom there is something really wrong with the application (the winner with flying colors is "Banshee") trust me, we all listen to music, and for most users I'm sure they want to have an environment that is reliable and easy to use.

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