Songbird

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 180 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.2.0-2453
  • Total Downloads:
    246,115
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 28, 2014
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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If Firefox and iTunes hooked up, their hatchling could very well be Songbird. Basic usage bugs have gone the way of last season's molting, so this fun app that's part music player, part Web browser, and all about music discovery, management, and playback is ready for every day use.

During installation, it'll ask if you want to load your iTunes music directory or another media directory, or perform the task later. Processing 5,000 songs took about 3 minutes, which is not a bad pace. It then asks you which of the preinstalled Songbird extensions you want to load. Most of these, like the iPod, Mass Storage Class, and USB device managers only make the app stronger.

The left sidebar provides quick links to bookmarks, downloads, your music library in an iTunes-style interface, and several music discovery Web sites to get you started. When you're looking at any Web site with MP3s available for download, Songbird will open a new window at the bottom of the main browsing pane. Double-click on a song to play it, and links on the right let you purchase the track from Amazon, iTunes, eMusic, and Amie St. They also tell you the format of the track--MP3 or AAC, for example--and provide a blog link for more info.

Songbird has a growing library of extensions, and support is slowly growing for those written originally for Firefox. Although it works on Windows 7, it doesn't yet have any Windows 7-specific features. Still, Songbird is more than stable enough to take flight for the music-loving, Web-surfing fanatic in all of us.

 
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4 stars

"Like the looks and features!"

January 31, 2014  |  By wwwking

 |  Version: Songbird 2.0

Pros

Better than iTunes

Cons

Compatibility issue with one of my friend's low spec pc

Summary

Great i mean!

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1 stars

"songbird hitting a bum-note"

November 22, 2012  |  By sammoo1989

 |  Version: Songbird 2.0

Pros

All i can say in favour of this thing is that it's well presented.

Cons

Lots...
But worst of all is it will NOT transfer my music from my PC to my device without screwing with all my information intact.
It scrambles everything in the transfer and then when i plugged my divice back in to wipe and re-sync it, songbird took the liberty of screwing up all the music files on my PC.
Thanks songbird.

Summary

Don't touch... if you have a philips device use windows media player to sync instead as it is a lot less hassle.

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4 stars

"Great Program! Minor Problems."

August 27, 2012  |  By Oficialjohnny13

 |  Version: Songbird 2.0

Pros

- Auto detects music, add ons to find album art and lyrics
- Easy to add music, crisp quality
- Can play videos.
- Free
- Plays many formats, except .flv
- Multiple Interface skins
- Lots of internet radio stations and pod-casts available
- Easy to use
- Has its own web browser ( a version of chrome or firefox)Lets you surf while listening to music/videos, and has addons like WOT, very great program
- About as much resource use as a web browser, may be slow if using portable version on a flash drive or anything other then on pc.
- Music recommendations
- Stores lyrics for later use

Cons

- Video quality is only ok
- Can not view images stores on Computer
- Add Videos Manually, not to much of a problem, drag n drop
- Some addons old, but still work fine
- recommendations are off
- Album art can be buggy/ not found
- Lyrics can not be found on old songs

Summary

Songbird is a Very great program, and you can use it for so many things. It's rich on features,and a minor majority of those are features I commonly use like Wot.It does have a great web browser which fits in with the program, works smoothly, and has the main features of a web browser, and then some. I like the artist/author recommendations. Usually this feature will find great recommendations though sometimes it find artist that are in different categories or their songs don't appeal to you, but Songbird has so far, ok about recommendations. Songbird has podcast support, internet radio support and online music stores-essentially, everything that I would hope for in such a program.

The other problem is that Songbird has seen multiple updates in the last times i have installed it on multiple devices.The addons are not updated that much anymore but the program is still good and the add ons and everything works great. Those addons and projects that aren't being updated.It's an annoyance to find just the add-on you want seeing it still works, but it is an old version and kindove an inconvenience.

The program once in a while takes about a minute to load, and if you manage it well it wont crash, unless you constantly turn it off and on and use the portable version then take out your flash drive. Its is very close to it's full potential, but i think that its fine with what it is.

My ending result: It may need some tweaks and to be updated, but overall it is a very great program, i have not tried the snycing with mobile devices so thats what other reviews are for right? I would donwnload this on all of my devices, though i only have laptops.

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3 stars

"Promising project, but still light years away."

August 07, 2012  |  By MinobuT

 |  Version: Songbird 2.0

Pros

-Price is right
-No problems with file support, played everything I threw at it (which is by no means comprehensive, but impressive, nonetheless).
-Customizable interface
-Lots of integration with internet radio, podcasts and online music stores.
-Web browser...if you ever found yourself thinking "wow, its really a crap-load of effort to have Firefox and my media player open at the same time, I really wish someone would combine them." I never wished this, but some might, and to each their own.
-Artist and Album recommendations and info.

Cons

-Most extensions are either abandoned or out of date (e.g. ipod compatibility, library pane with album art (a la itunes or WMP, and a host of others).
-Still subject to random crashes
-Podcasts are stored in library proper instead of on their own.
-Resource heavy
-Album art is buggy

Summary

Songbird is a program that is trying to do way too much. It's rich on features, but the vast majority of those are features I never found myself wanting out of a media player (say, for example, a web browser). That said, it does have some pretty cool things going for it. I particularly loved the artist recommendations panel. Usually a feature like this would recommend stuff totally unrelated to what I was listening to, but Songbird has so far been pretty good about recommendations. Songbird has podcast support, internet radio support and online music stores--essentially, everything that I would hope for an open source alternative to iTunes. It's a very promising project.

However, Songbird still has some major flaws, albeit possibly temporary ones (though I've seen no improvement in the eight months I've been using it.) The first one is that it keeps podcasts sorted in the main library, along with all of my music. This is a pitfall that just about every other media player falls into. It's minor, but I like to put my player on random and sit back and let it go. Having podcasts in the mix screws that up. If there's a way to avoid this, I've not seen it. The other big problem is that Songbird has seen a lot of updates in the last few months (or so it seems to me) and as such virtually all of the skins, extensions and addons are no longer compatible (including the all important iPod support add-on). Those addons and projects that aren't just sitting idle are also frequently abandoned, with no updates forthcoming. It's an annoyance to find just the add-on you want only to find out that it and its cousins have all stopped development.

A closely related problem is the format. For whatever reason, I've never understood the "filter-pane" style of media libraries, like the one used on Winamp or Rhythmbox. Ostensibly, it's simple: a selection in one panel (e.g. the artist panel) filters all of the other panels (like songs and album). Perhaps it simply a personal failing, maybe I'm just not hipster enough about my music, but I've never understood why such an interface would be/is useful. I much prefer to simply have a list of album covers. Add-ons were at one point available to change this, but most of them are no longer compatible and while I can't blame Songbird directly for that, it is frustrating that there are few interface choices available.

Other minor problems that the program has are that it is still subject to bugs. Album art often disappears or gets mixed up and the program is subject to random crashes. While Songbird is resource heavy, it seems to have gotten better with recent updates, but it's still a long way away from where it could be.

My bottom line: if you're fed up with Windows Media Player, iTunes, or Winamp, or if you're just looking to try something new, you could do a lot worse than Songbird. It's an incredibly promising program and it will be interesting to see where it goes, but for now, I think it needs some work.

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4 stars

"Very good ! Lightweight and effective"

April 25, 2012  |  By HoangDucHien

 |  Version: Songbird 1.10.2

Pros

+ Manage your own music library very well. "Filter View" for Media View is very cool feature
+ Great add-ons, such as MLyrics, Mashtape make you "feel" music a better way
+ Edit metadata easily while playing
+ Smart playlist

Cons

+ "iTunes clone"
+ Lack of addons

Summary



Updated on Apr 25, 2012

Really love it !

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5 stars

"Recommended for all android users."

April 04, 2012  |  By Nolakid123

 |  Version: Songbird 1.10.2

Pros

It is a really great sync program for my android. It is also really organized with the music. The web browser with it also is pretty fast.

Cons

I think it needs to be more like its own program and less like Itunes. Could be faster, but it is still a new program.

Summary

Overall it is a good program and I feel really relief that i found a good music program compatible with my android.

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5 stars

"Finally an Android software"

November 23, 2011  |  By BlueCharmander

 |  Version: Songbird 1.10.1

Pros

Syncs to Android

Cons

doesn't sync to iTunes

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4 stars

"Very useful"

November 10, 2011  |  By dhipkin

 |  Version: Songbird 1.10.1

Pros

It gets its intended task done properly

Cons

none that I know of...

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1 stars

"Gogear "unsupported formats""

October 16, 2011  |  By galen1969

 |  Version: Songbird 1.9.3

Pros

The price is right if you got it free with your gogear device. You get exactly what you paid for it.

Cons

Will not display formats of files in library, and while it will transfer files to your Gogear, it is impossible to determine just what formats it writes files to the attached gogear device as or whether they will play at all. Get ready to see "Unsupported format" when you try to play the transferred files to your gogear device. Philips is no help with this. Oh, and the newest version? Gives you a list of formats it won't handle if you upgrade.

Summary

Useless tool. You can drag and drop from windows onto a gogear device and get more files to play than you can through this software. Worthless.

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5 stars

"Got a PHILLIPS GoGear MUSE 16GB & stumbled on SongBird!"

September 18, 2011  |  By mylegalbiz13

 |  Version: Songbird 1.9.3

Pros

This is an excellent program, it is in my personal opinion a hybrid of Firefox and iTunes, but offers a lot more then iTunes in a lot of areas. So to the few cool apple fans out there, give it a try, i guarantee you won't be disappointed =)

Cons

I don't think you can set it as a default browser.

If you can and i just haven't figured it out yet than i would have to say there are ZERO cons!!!

Summary

I am a huge Mozzila supporter and fan, whether it be Thunderbird, Firefox or whatever project they're working on. I also hold PHILLIPS in very high regards as well, along with my list of only's (such as LG, HP, ATi/AMD, Mushkin, Motorola, Microsoft, Brother, Bushmaster, Colt, H&K, Beretta, Xerox, Pyrex, Harmon Kardon, File Hippo, cnet, Infiniti and infinity, etc.)

So it only made sense that when I was shopping for an mp3/mp4 player and saw the PHILLIPS GoGear MUSE 16GB (Brushed aluminum/Stainless Steel) it was love at first sight. Yes i know the iPod touch has navi and internet and an app for just about anything you could fathom 99.9% of which, completely unnecessary and seeing as I have or have the capability to have any and all of those "perks" w/ my cellphone, car, laptop, desktop, garmin and maybe even my toaster. So why do i need them on my media player, when all they do is get in the way and kill your battery or make you by a charger that will work anywhere you are. Also keep in mind that any decision made had not been based whatsoever on a monetary difference.

Songbird happened to be a blessing in disguise, while looking for Phillips Media interface (iTunes for Apple) for my computer I found songbird. So I decided to familiarize myself with Songbird i noticed it felt like i was using a hybrid of Firefox and iTunes, so i quick did a search in Google "Firefox and songbird?" and somewhat to my surprise it popped up they we're in fact affiliated, it was ironic and at the same time an awesome coincidence that the two we're related. I'm just glad I discovered this little gem and it was all thanks to me purchasing the MUSE which by the way is an excellent piece of equipment.

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General
Publisher Pioneers of the Inevitable
Publisher web site http://getsongbird.com/
Release Date November 28, 2013
Date Added November 28, 2014
Version 2.2.0-2453
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Music Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 15.05MB
File Name Songbird_2.2.0-2453_windows-i686-msvc8.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 246,115
Downloads Last Week 173
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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