Songbird

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.4.3
  • Total Downloads:
    239,793
  • Date Added:
    December 27, 2009
  • File Size:
    17.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    288
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.6

    out of 26 votes

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    • 4 star 6
    • 3 star 6
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 3
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    out of 180 votes

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

"Not supported with all features on Windows 7"

May 20, 2010  |  By ahmeda218

 |  Version: Songbird 1.4.3

Pros

Nice application.

Cons

Not supported with all features on Windows 7

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5 stars

"Almost Everything In One Package!"

May 12, 2010  |  By Sethalos

 |  Version: Songbird 1.4.3

Pros

- Excellent Plug-ins and Add-ons
- Last.FM Scrobbling
- Lyrics/Media Information
- Exceptional UI
- Fantastic for large media libraries.
- Auto adds/removes Media (Folder Monitoring)

Cons

- NO CD BURNING/RIPPING
- Some speed issues with ext hd's

Summary

Songbird is my de-facto music management software. I have used all of the main software packages; I-Tunes, Media Monkey, J-River, etc. I have found that overall Songbird is by far the most comprehensive and includes some excellent addon's and features.

I would really like to see a CD Burning/Ripping option created and I'd also like to see the speed increase for searching large libraries for specific songs.

Overall...this is a fantastic media player and can only get better.

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4 stars

"Simple interface,Plugins are a Deal-maker,has Potential"

April 25, 2010  |  By gdouglas93

 |  Version: Songbird 1.4.3

Pros

1. Plug-ins - "Scrobble" with Last.fm(My Favorite) and a few other useful plugins.
2. Built in fully usable browser for seamless plugin use.
3. Similar interface,but simpler, to Itunes

Cons

1. Did not work with Windows 7 (I'm using a "Nightly Build")
2. Slow start-up
3. No Podcasts...at all.

Summary

This is a great media player. Simple, clean, and resourceful. My Favorite feature was the Last.fm Plugin that allows me to listen to my stations. There is also a Music Store Plgin, and an Event Plugin that quickly discovers when the artists in your library are coming to your area and when they're releasing a new album. Another cool feature is a full, tabbed browser that allows you to check the Songbird website for new downloads and plugins. The browser also allows the plugins to work without a problem. This is a fun media player that has great potential for becoming a major competitor once it irons out the wrinkles and offers a few more features like podcasts and different appearances.

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2 stars

"Not Win7 compatible - but it might be the build"

April 10, 2010  |  By rikward

 |  Version: Songbird 1.4.3

Pros

- Nice looking UI
- Simpler and easier to use than iTunes
- some neat addons

Cons

- Even at the installation process, I was told that it was not compatible with Windows 7, even though the it's supposed to be.
- Crashes after about 15 minutes.
- Just like iTunes, includes media automatically even if you don't want it to.

Summary

I have used Songbird in XP and I liked it a lot compared with iTunes, so I am disappointed that it did not work properly with Windows 7. However, I will hold out for a little while longer as I am sure an update will be released very soon to sort out the issues.

And it did exactly what iTunes did when first installed and scanned all the media on my internal and external hard drives and included these in the library. My external hard drive is a backup devise for the media on my internal devise, so I do not need this data to be included. The result being all the music was duplicated and the only way to resolve it is to clear the library and then reconfigure the settings manually and start again. What a pain!

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4 stars

"More than an altenative to Windows Media Player"

April 09, 2010  |  By nunoseixo

 |  Version: Songbird 1.4.3

Pros

Like firefox, it supports tons of extras/add-ons, which means, you can customize songbird according to your preferences. It's possible to syncronize other devices such as an MP3. It's pretty flexible, enables you to do a lot of stuff at the same time

Cons

Depending on which add-ons you have installed it might crash sometimes, but nothing serious.
(This last one only apllies to old computers) It uses a bit more of RAM memory than your regular media player

Summary

Like everything, it has its pros and cons, but in general, it's a very nice piece of software, I recommend that you give it a try. Plus, I believe that the minor issues such as crashing, will be solved in the next updates.

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4 stars

"Un buen player !!!"

March 28, 2010  |  By fabzcom

 |  Version: Songbird 1.4.3

Pros

Es fàcil de usar

Cons

No tiene funziones quizas importantes

Summary

Pruèvalo

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5 stars

"GREAT! Compatible with Win7 64-Bit"

February 20, 2010  |  By Fuzziekiwi

 |  Version: Songbird 1.4.3

Pros

Ignore the post below, it is compatible with windows 7, I'm running it on here.

Cons

No cons so far ^^

Summary

Try it out, its free! It's better than Itunes.

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3 stars

"GREAT PRODUCT!"

February 09, 2010  |  By Win7geek

 |  Version: Songbird 1.4.3

Pros

I like how its so organized and how you can browse the web straight from it... I just wish it was kinda like lime wire to where u can download ur free music but oh well

Cons

nonesssssssssssssssssssssss

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5 stars

"Works Good"

February 02, 2010  |  By magician_1

 |  Version: Songbird 1.4.3

Pros

It is easy to use. The organizing and search reminds of the J.Rivers Jukebox 12, but in my comp it seems to run faster than Jukebox 12.

Cons

Non as of yet.

Summary

It is just a good program and I'd refer it to all my friends.

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1 stars

"Cannot download, incompatible with Windows 7"

January 25, 2010  |  By elimandel

 |  Version: Songbird 1.4.3

Pros

None--can't download

Cons

Could not download it. Incompatible with Windows 7.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.4.3
Version 1.4.3 features bug fixes.
General
Publisher Pioneers of the Inevitable
Publisher web site http://getsongbird.com/
Release Date December 27, 2009
Date Added December 27, 2009
Version 1.4.3
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Music Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 17.23MB
File Name Songbird_2.0.0-2311_windows-i686-msvc8.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 239,793
Downloads Last Week 288
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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