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[How to] Add a Banshee quicklist for easy music control in Ubuntu Unity

Controlling Banshee on the Ubuntu desktop is easy using the Sound Menu – but Unity Quicklists are even faster.

OMG! reader Nico, who earlier this week showed us how to add an unread message count to Pidgin on the Unity Launcher, mailed in a pre-made Banshee Quicklist for Ubuntu 11.04. Once installed a wide selection of handy actions are no-more than a right-click away…

Banshee quicklist in Unity

Shouldn’t Banshee have this by default?

You wouldn’t be alone in thinking that. A bug on Banshee’s lack of ‘quicklist’ options has already been reported (bug #764321) so this feature should hopefully turn up in Banshee in the not-so-distant future.

In the mean time/for the impatient Nico’s quicklist is more than capable of filing the gap…

How to add a quicklist to the Banshee launcher in Ubuntu 11.04

Download the required banshee.desktop filecontainingthe nifty actions from db.tt/uRcDDaH. Move this to your home folder.

Next Press ALT+F2 to reveal the Unity Command area, where you need to enter the following command carefully

  • gksu nautilus /usr/share/applications/

Hit ‘Enter/Return/ and enter your user password when prompted.

Drag the ‘banshee.desktop’ file you placed on your desktop earlier into the new folder window that opens. Upon doing this you should be prompted to ‘Replace file Banshee?’

Go wild; click ‘Replace’.

Log out and back in and, should thingshave gone to plan, right-clicking on Banshee will now display the Unity Quicklist as pictured atop this post.

Many thanks to Nico