Linux Mint – Playing music files

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Music files, including MP3 and OGG/Vorbis files, work pretty much as you’d expect. If you have downloaded a music file, all you have to do is double-click on the file and it will start playing. Banshee is included as the default music player in Linux Mint. The following screenshot shows Banshee, a music player and manager:

While Banshee is a very capable music player, it’s able to do much more than simply play music files. If you take a look at the side bar, you’ll notice some additional options such as Podcasts and Amazon MP3 Store. If you choose to store your music files in the Music folder located in your home directory, Banshee can import the files into your collection. To do so, click on Tools at the top of its window and then select Rescan Music Library. Banshee will then audit any audio files you may have in your Music folder and sort them into its database. After the audit is complete, you’ll be able to find your music files in Banshee’s database and sort your songs by artist, album, or song title. You can also create playlists of your favorite songs. You can add new music to your Music folder at any time; all you have to do is click on Rescan Music Library again and Banshee will import any new audio files that it finds.

The Podcasts feature of Banshee is also worth pointing out. The first time you click on the Podcasts section on the left-hand side of the window, you’re given an option to use Miro Guide to download new podcasts. If you click on Open Miro Guide in the bottom-right corner of the window, you can search for podcasts you may be interested in. The following screenshot shows Miro Guide opened within Banshee after searching for linux action show:

After adding a podcast, Banshee will periodically download new episodes and save them in the Podcasts directory in your home folder.


Be sure to keep an eye on your free space. If your home folder is on a smaller partition, the downloaded podcasts can start to eat up your free space. To combat this, feel free to delete any podcasts you’ve already listened to. You can download them again later if you feel the need.

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