Songbird

Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 180 votes

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  • Version:
    0.2.5
  • Total Downloads:
    245,511
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 12, 2007
  • Price:
    Free

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  • Current Version

    3.3

    out of 17 votes

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4 stars

"Awesome idea, very cool"

December 13, 2007  |  By link48010

 |  Version: Songbird 0.2.5

Pros

It's like a Firefox/Winamp/Windows media player/iTunes mix up. I don't know what influenced the idea, but it was brilliant. It will even use external codecs like CCCP (www[DOT]cccp-project[DOT]net) and Klite. Excelent for beta software. It's on all my PC's for web music.

Cons

It's missing a few features, like the video said, CD ripping functionality, etc.

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4 stars

"great"

August 26, 2007  |  By jis james

 |  Version: Songbird 0.2.5

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4 stars

"Songbird is a Beauty"

August 24, 2007  |  By BMENON

 |  Version: Songbird 0.2.5

Pros

-It is a fine blend of Firefox and MediaPlyer with a built-in FirefoxSearch box.You can search and see most of the mediasites and also it gathers automatically songs from some of the sites and play for us.In BlueBird&Cardinal Skins(they call "Feathers") it is a beauty.It has lot of features even at this Beta stage:go to songbirdnest.com and play the 'screencast'.As told in the screencast, it will become a 'standalone media player'.It has also got one "CheezyVideoWindow" to play videos.;eventhough not functions well.

Cons

At the time of download it was a 12.11MB file,but on installation it consumed more than 56.7MB of disk-space.It increases as and when you add an extension or a media file,but it is ok considering the output. It has to accommodate more online/screaming sites from all over the world(now it plays online music from a limited number of sites only).The 'CheezyVideoWindow' appears and disappears without any user control and buffering is also not done properly, the video-play stops in the middle and rolls back even-in high-speed broadband.Replay facility is also to be provided.I think these can be fixed by its Developers(it is an open source free with support from Mozilla Firefox) in coming versions.(Anyway, greetings to all those involved in this venture.)

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1 stars

"hmmm"

August 06, 2007  |  By glenmorangie

 |  Version: Songbird 0.2.5

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2 stars

"Difficult to subscribe to podcasts"

May 28, 2007  |  By ladysherlockian

 |  Version: Songbird 0.2.5

Pros

The program has a lot of links to websites which can be used to download free songs as well as to online music shops; you can download add-ons which enhance its usefulness.

Cons

Downloading podcasts is not as easy as in iTunes.

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1 stars

"Slow"

May 21, 2007  |  By reidha

 |  Version: Songbird 0.2.5

Pros

Great logo

Cons

Interface is very tech centric, boring adn confusing

Search is problematic and slow -- there are too many options.

Downloading music from the web is trying

Audio -- couldnt seem to get good sound quality

Overall unimpressed.

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1 stars

"Buggy beta software "

May 20, 2007  |  By r95032115

 |  Version: Songbird 0.2.5

Cons

Kept crashing my machine

Terrible interface

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3 stars

"Waiting for full version launch with full functions"

April 13, 2007  |  By sadhappy

 |  Version: Songbird 0.2.5

Pros

My friend told me about songbird after I complained about my laziness to download mp3s from music blogs. Basically, songbird is much like itunes with a built in internet browser, but also auto-detects and downloads new mp3s on webpages you 'subscribe' to (much like how itunes can automatically download new podcasts), so you don't have to laboriously "right click/save as" each new song, each blog. Genious. This is the essential "WOW" value of the software.

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Since I'm not allowed to d/l mp3s onto my work computer, I decided to import my itunes library into songbird, and uninstall itunes for the last 5 weeks to see just how easy it could be to rely solely on songbird. Things I didn't use were any podcast downloading and using it to manage my ipod (although it will detect/play connected ipods). Here are my additional findings:

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Other "wow" features

1) Web library - as an alternative to downloading mp3's, it will auto detect mp3 links from your bookmarked 'subscribed' blog pages and play them directly from the internet. This is nice as long as you are on a fast enough server, otherwise it can lag during play and drag the rest of your computer down with it.

2) Web playlist - adding songs from your web library to a playlist. Again, not having to download directly. Great feature.

3) Selective downloading: if you use the Songbird webbrowser to go to an unsubscribed webpage with many mp3 links, it scans and lists all the mp3's on the bottom, so you can just double click which mp3's you want to download into your computer, or add to your web library.

Songbird is much like itunes in the look, useabilty, features, etc. Anyone using itunes will not have a problem using songbird, but it will take some time to understand the current limitations of the developer preview version of Songbird (see con's for my short list of limitations).

Cons

Everything was going fine and dandy until I slid in a new CD to import songs onto my computer. No. Can. Do. Whaaaaaat?

I'd been using Songbird for a month, things are generally good, playing imported tracks from my itunes library, and web library. But Songbird cannot (yet) import CD tracks into the library. What's a person to do? : I redownloaded itunes. This is a pretty major drawback, albiet temporary until the full version is released.

Other limitations:

1) Just not quite as strong as itunes. It's not bad, but itunes can be very powerful (people will argue with me on this). Overall.

2) Webbrowsing in songbird is not very powerful, either. A little reminiscent of webbrowsing in AOL - ok in a pinch, but I couldn't spend an hour surfing using Songbird

3) Not so much a limitation of the software, but some blogs are moving to off-server uploading to save on bandwith, which songbird does not detect (nor would I expect it to)

4) Songs don't like to be deleted. They just keep coming back. Although this might only be an issue if you are running both itunes and songbird on the same computer and it is re-importing from itunes at startup.

5) No able to change start/end time of an mp3 if you (like me) like to get rid of banter before/after songs (you know what i mean if you know what i mean)

6) The leftbar can be confusing what should be sorted as bookmark, mp3 blog, searches when you first install. You just need to adjust the links, delete the defaults, etc.

7) I don't buy music from itunes, but you do, songbird doesn't do it.

Overall, this is a great software in development. It's cute and easy to use, but without being able to import CD tracks (yet), I can't get rid of itunes.

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4 stars

"It's a beta so it's a bit buggy, but..."

April 02, 2007  |  By UKposter

 |  Version: Songbird 0.2.5

Pros

...it's definitely the way to go as a combo media file library, download finder, streaming radio browser. Integrates with firefox well (you can add extensions just as you can with that browser), searches pretty fast [online, h/drive(s)and external devices], links with some paid for download sites well (if others follow those already here it's going to take some beating). You can add web results to a library just as you can the files on your drives. It searches websites/blogs for music files for you to listen to, a good way of finding new stuff to download.

Cons

There are a few functions that I can't get to work, like how it has options like burn to CD/copy to device, yet, maybe that's coming soon or is a bug that needs fixing. But it's a beta, it's a work in progress and I don't need songbird to do these functions as I have plenty of alternatives.

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5 stars

"WOW!!! (COULD THIS BE "TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE???")..."

March 25, 2007  |  By Dareski-3D

 |  Version: Songbird 0.2.5

Pros

...This "Tune-Browser" is so solid, so broad in its scope --- yet striking the balance between being stable and flexible --- I feel like I'm waiting for the "other shoe" to drop. I'm still playing this awesome little device after twelve continuous days, and "the shoe" hasn't dropped yet.I'm starting to feel that it's not going to...

A sleek, user-friendly interface which bypasses the formerly requisite playlist download, pre-loaded links of sites which make complete sense, the usual "clunky glitches" totally non-existent... I do believe that this "Songbird" is on the verge of making me as "happy as a lark"!

These are some sharp "Pioneers" here. For a change, someone's thinking. How refreshing...

I have a funny feeling that this particular "Software-Snob" is about to walk (or fly?!) on air pretty soon (with that one shoe still on!)

Cons

1> I hope those PROMISED "Tabs" are coming

REAL soon!

2> Most Definitely needs to be "Skinable".

QUICKLY. Impatient bird here...

CHIRP-CHIRP!!!

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What's new in version 0.2.5
The latest 0.2.5 update adds a host of new features to the application and Songbird Web site, including command-line handling, support for USB mass-storage devices, a filterable Web library, and a new tools menu.
General
Publisher Pioneers of the Inevitable
Publisher web site http://getsongbird.com/
Release Date March 12, 2007
Date Added March 12, 2007
Version 0.2.5
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Music Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/2003 Server/XP, 733MHz CPU, 128MB RAM, 40MB disk space
Download Information
File Size 15.05MB
File Name Songbird_2.2.0-2453_windows-i686-msvc8.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 245,511
Downloads Last Week 118
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License Model Free
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Price Free

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