Songbird

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 180 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    0.4
  • Total Downloads:
    245,511
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 02, 2008
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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If Firefox and iTunes hooked up, their hatchling could very well be Songbird. Although it's in beta and plenty buggy, it's also a very fun app that's part music player, part Web browser, and all about music discovery, management, and playback.

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, not a bad pace. It then asks you which of the pre-installed Songbird extensions you want to load. Most of these, like the iPod and USB device manager, 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 your started. When you're looking at any Web site with MP3s available for download, Songbird will open a new window at the bottom main browsing pane. Double-click on a song to play it, while 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. Many of the improvements from the last version make for a dramatic change, but Songbird is definitely a beta: caveat emptor. Still, it could really take flight for the music-loving, Web-surfing fanatic in all of us.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.5

    out of 15 votes

    • 5 star 4
    • 4 star 5
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 2
  • All Versions

    3.6

    out of 180 votes

    • 5 star 56
    • 4 star 61
    • 3 star 25
    • 2 star 17
    • 1 star 21
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5 stars

"Best media player available!"

March 17, 2008  |  By HighCaliberDesigns

 |  Version: Songbird 0.4

Pros

This is the future of media players. I started using Songbird around version .2 and it is now the only player I use.

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4 stars

"Exelent but buggy for now "

February 25, 2008  |  By [mad]MeSSiaH

 |  Version: Songbird 0.4

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4 stars

"Very good"

February 23, 2008  |  By Hitmin

 |  Version: Songbird 0.4

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4 stars

"pretty good"

February 17, 2008  |  By Handman003

 |  Version: Songbird 0.4

Pros

This is a pretty good program, and does everything I expected it to.

Cons

It took a while to get a feel for the program, though.

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1 stars

"Hopeless"

January 30, 2008  |  By geoff cousens

 |  Version: Songbird 0.4

Cons

If i wanted itunes i can download that, i use mp3,oggvorbis on a iriver mp3 player and was hoping to import files from my pc into songbird, it just did not wanna know.

Screen is way too dark and couldnt be bothered to investigate further.I have changed the software on my ipod to rockbox so i can drag and drop music files this a poor mans itunes. Dont waste your time with it.

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3 stars

"Has potential, but still full of bugs."

January 19, 2008  |  By ricbevan

 |  Version: Songbird 0.4

Pros

iPod support, so no need to stick to iTunes.

Skins or 'Feathers'.

Imports iTunes, WMP, etc.

Add-On's allow user to do more with their music player.

Cons

Eats memory.

Still riddled with bugs resulting in regular crashes.

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5 stars

"Excellent with Win2000!!!"

January 18, 2008  |  By bonker321

 |  Version: Songbird 0.4

Pros

Thanks open-source'rs.

Only software that works with Win2k and my iPod Nano 4Gb.

iTunes 7.3 only supports XP and Vista.

Daniusoft and Anapod both install but cannot sync the iPod.

Apple even admits there is a known bug with the iPod and Win2k but offer no support or fixes.

Punishment for Windows people I suppose.

First and last time we buy an Apple product sorry to say.

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5 stars

"perfect"

January 15, 2008  |  By marlina santos

 |  Version: Songbird 0.4

Pros

easy

Cons

at this moment nothing

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2 stars

"Disappointing"

January 11, 2008  |  By welshlion

 |  Version: Songbird 0.4

Pros

As a web browser it works o.k. and it builds up the library quite quickly.

Cons

It doesn't do anything that IE7 and Firefox can't do with FoxyTunes added.

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3 stars

"good"

January 11, 2008  |  By saleh_duwahi

 |  Version: Songbird 0.4

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 0.4
Display panes for installing multiple add-ons simultaneously, extended iPod support, media source discovery, and bug-fixes.
General
Publisher Pioneers of the Inevitable
Publisher web site http://getsongbird.com/
Release Date January 02, 2008
Date Added January 02, 2008
Version 0.4
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Music Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, 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
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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