Songbird

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.2.0
  • Total Downloads:
    245,511
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 18, 2009
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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If Firefox and iTunes hooked up, their hatchling could very well be Songbird. Almost ready for prime-time and still a bit 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, and Songbird is now stable enough to 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

    3.7

    out of 9 votes

    • 5 star 3
    • 4 star 3
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 1
  • 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

"A Under Rated Player and a Must Have !!!!!!"

December 19, 2009  |  By cbiggs83

 |  Version: Songbird 1.2.0

Pros

Does everything I-Tunes and Media Player does and more.

Cons

Have not found one yet and been using for nearly a year

Summary

A great customizable media play that does not use up system resources and can transfer music to all players( with a add-on) and a must have for any Computer

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4 stars

"Amazing, uses to much memory, though."

December 12, 2009  |  By attackoftherooster

 |  Version: Songbird 1.2.0

Pros

It's easily the best media player out there. mashTape(built-in) shows information about the song and artist, and Lyrics Master automatically pulls lyrics off the internet and even gives you the option to overwrite the existing lyrics.

Cons

It uses an outrageous amount of memory, more so than iTunes. On Windows 7, It starts up with 90MB, and goes up once you play a song, and it just keeps going up with each play. Even with 4GB of memory, it leaves a noticeable imprint.

Summary

Lyrics Master and Mashtape are keeping me on board with this one. There is a way to tune the memory usage, but it requires you change the configuration and look for rather obscure numbers.

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5 stars

"Better then iTunes!"

September 05, 2009

 |  Version: Songbird 1.2.0

Pros

Easier and covers more mp3 players then iTunes, does not take over your system either with constant updates, systemtray leeches & background programs. From Mozilla too!

Cons

Better covers and lyric choices.

Summary

I think it beats iTunes for features and is open-source as well

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3 stars

"Simple, yet efficient"

August 18, 2009  |  By jcpt928

 |  Version: Songbird 1.2.0

Pros

see Summary

Cons

see Summary

Summary

I still utilize WMP11 and/or WinAmp more often than SongBird. I personally believe WMP11 has the best sound quality out of all of them (I play 192K 6.1 channel WMA), and WinAmp has my G15 keyboard plugin and pars very close to WMP11 in quality. I have gotten used to the WMP11 Album Art Library Display Mode and kind think most anything else that doesn't have something comparable is lacking. If you're looking for something simple, though, SongBird is for you.

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1 stars

"Terrible for podcasts."

July 15, 2009  |  By Solaris_User

 |  Version: Songbird 1.2.0

Pros

It playes the file.

Cons

Using version 1.2:
It does not work with many subscription feeds ( http://freetalklive.com/netcast.xml ) With the ones it does work on, it will continue to re download songs every time because it's not smart enough to know it already has them.

Summary

This is the same behavior that the older version had that we were promised a fix for. The software is just S***, don't use it. There are many alternatives out there that actually work for this. (Rhythmbox is one)

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4 stars

"A very good WM Player and iTunes alternative"

July 01, 2009  |  By nopinktoday

 |  Version: Songbird 1.2.0

Pros

Nice clean interface similar to iTunes
Plug-In Support
Integrated Browser
Last.fm Artist Biographies

Cons

Doesn't get iPod support out of the box
Needs some tweaking 'cause startup is slow

Summary

Making a partition for Windows 7, I moved some music from Vista to 7. Only to not have have my album art and artist information show up in Windows Media Player. So I decided to try out Songbird since I've heard about it from several sites. My album art and artist info automatically showed up.

I'm very happy with Songbird and will stick around for future updates. Hopefully some performance improvements.

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2 stars

"Not a necessary one"

June 27, 2009  |  By Kasee

 |  Version: Songbird 1.2.0

Pros

Not a necessary one

Cons

Not a necessary one

Summary

Not a necessary one

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4 stars

"Great so far but needs some improvements"

June 23, 2009  |  By Splicer

 |  Version: Songbird 1.2.0

Pros

Its free, connects to major networks like tweeter, facebook, shoutcast radio, last fm, can browse web from the player. PLUG-INS are major help to it, more and more will be added with time so there is lots of potential.

Cons

For some reason my zen vision m and song bird player would both crash and would have to reset my mp3 player and restart songbird, tsk tsk, player needs some performance improvements but again its only version 1.2.

Summary

Good player with LOTS of potential in plug ins. Its starting out good but there is room to improve. I will use this for a duplicate library of about 20 GB in case anything goes wrong.

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5 stars

"This is the best music software I have seen so far"

June 21, 2009  |  By Apprentice to Gandalf

 |  Version: Songbird 1.2.0

Pros

A huge improvement on iTunes or Windows Media Player. It enables you to easily edit metadata and manage your music collection. Heaps of room for customisation and some extremely useful addons

Cons

Probably still a bit daunting for an absolute beginner.

Summary

Has become one of my essential applications.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.2.0

Version 1.2 can auto-organize your music library, two-way iTunes import/export, Last.fm support, and a 10-band equalizer.

General
Publisher Pioneers of the Inevitable
Publisher web site http://getsongbird.com/
Release Date June 18, 2009
Date Added June 18, 2009
Version 1.2.0
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Music Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements None
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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