Rhythmbox, my favourite Music player, is dying.
Jonathan Matthew said on the Rhythmbox mailinglist, on Monday:
Why?I hope to be able to make a new release in the next month or so. This
will probably be numbered 0.12.0. After that, I'm not planning to do
much new development work on the rhythmbox project as it currently
exists. I'll still fix (some) bugs and review patches, but it's too
much of a dead end for me to do more than that.
I'm sad to hear this ...... the underlying data model is too rigid
- the set of query-able entry properties is fixed
- entry properties can't have multiple values
- albums don't exist, they're synthesized from whatever
entries happen to match the album name
- file metadata, observed user data (play count, etc.), and user provided data
(ratings) are all stored together when they'd be more useful separate
- the database is designed specifically to support implementation of the
genre->artist->album browser and doesn't work so well for other
- it doesn't always make sense that sources are completely distinct from
These things are pretty much baked into every aspect of rhythmbox.
Rhythmbox is fine for what it is, but I don't think I can make it into
what I want it to be.
But while Rhythmbox's core innovation slows, most new functionality coming in the form of plugins, Banshee development forges on ahead.
I've said before that I think Rhythmbox is superior at the moment, that Banshee was quickly bridging that feature gap:
So I don't know if Rhythmbox will be able to compete with Banshee (or any other player) in six months to a year if no one picks up the project.
It's been suggested for a while that Banshee be made default, perhaps now is the time.
Edit: I should have said, I would likely remove Banshee if it were default, install Rhythmbox myself ... but would probably support the decision. See it from the point of new users, etc.