In my previous post about Banshee I forgot to show one feature of Banshee: the DAAP extension. I just forgot it.
But after a while I did miss the functionality and searched in the menus of Banshee for it’s configuration dialog. I couldn’t find a thing, so I checked the preferences window. DAAP was indeed enabled, so that couldn’t be the problem. I searched at Google but couldn’t find an up-to-date guide.
Fortunately it turned out to be very easy to fix. I just disabled and enabled the DAAP plugin and there the network share was! I could start importing the music from it with an option in the context menu, Banshee automatically looked for duplicates.
Now all I wanted was the ability to share my own music too. It turned out that the DAAP server ability was removed from Banshee and you now have to use another application to handle that. Tangerine was recommened on the maillist were they discussed the removal of the DAAP server ability from Banshee, so I tried it.
Tangerine has three different ways of selecting the music it should share: automatic detection, a specified music player and a manually selected directory. The advantage of this is that you don’t have to have your music player running to share your music, although some would see that as a disadventage because you can’t easily turn it off; you’ll have to disable it in the preferences menu.
The share doesn’t show up in Banshee’s Shared Music tab. I like it, but I’m not sure if it’s a nice feature or caused by one of the bugs mentioned in the many bug reports about Banshee’s DAAP plugin I found on GNOME’s Bugzilla. I’m at least responsible for one, I reported the problem of having to reenable the plugin before it works: http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=561059