There is a feature proposal for the upcoming Fedora 11 release where the default Fedora media player (Rhythmbox) would be replaced by Banshee. Yesterday I blogged about Rhythmbox development being discontinued and this is probably one of the first reactions to these news.
Good to see distros not afraid of Mono anymore. Will Ubuntu follow the same path? I guess is inevitable to do so and probably most GNOME centric distros will do the same. Glad I finished translating Banshee a few weeks ago :D.
Pidgin will also be replaced by Empathy. Glad to hear that :). Hope others do the same soon.