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Banshee Playlist Generator ‘Mirage’

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Mirage is a automatic playlist generator for popular media player Banshee. After scanning your music collection, Mirage will then “queue” up a selection of songs based on the choice of tracks you ask it to “match”.

Mirage (“No, not -that- ‘Mirage’, the other one.”.

The first thing you have to do to use Mirage properly is let it scan your music collection. 
Set aside a spare few hours if you have a medium sized collection or let it scan over night if you have a very large collection.
Using It
To generate a playlist of “similar sounding” music you need to simply select a track or two and drop them onto the “Playlist Generator” in the Banshee sidebar. The generator will then offer up five or six “similar” tracks for each song you add.
You can save a playlist or start from scratch by clicking on the appropriate buttons along the top.
Does it Work?
It really does! I have quite a diverse range of music and for the most part “Mirage” always got it fairly right. It didn’t select dance tracks when adding a punk track nor did it slip in Enya when trying to create a playlist based around Joshua Radin.
That said, whilst it may be mathematically correct with its choices, they may not always seem… logical.

Spice Girls when adding Imogen Heap, anyone?


For non-Banshee Daily PPA users you can add the Mirage plugin manually using:

  • sudo apt-get install banshee-extension-mirage