Just took the time to try out banshee.
Installing it in SUSE Linux 10.0 with KDE desktop was challenging since it was apparently missing a dependency, but it was not clear which. (AudioCdPlayerEngine not found). I tried some things, but in the end installed the 300MB of GNOME Selection.
It is disappointing in regards to features when one compares it to amarok.
Amarok has (what I did not see in banshee):
- Multiple views of the collection. (filesystem, album view
- Last played songs, newest songs, favorite songs views.
- view of varying playlists
- premade playlist of good webradios
- webradio (mp3 streaming, podcast)
- playlist import from bmp and xmms.
- Look up album cover on amazon.
- Lyrics download.
- Wikipedia references in embedded pages for band and titles.
- visualization plugins using libvisual.
- duplicate detection