Songbird for Mac

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
2.8
out of 15 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.9.1
File Size:
22.27MB
Date Added:
December 26, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/10.6 Intel
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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. Songbird is more than stable enough to take flight for the music-loving, Web-surfing fanatic in all of us.

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  • All Versions:

    2.8

    out of 15 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 4
  • Current Version:

    1.0

    out of 2 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 2 stars

    "Won't Download!"

    March 10, 2012   |   By s_march

    Version: Songbird 1.10.2

    Pros

    Cant assess because I can't get it to download.

    Cons

    Can't download it!! I keep getting the same error message 'forbidden' but have NO idea why. Very frustrating!

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  • 1 stars

    "I Give Up Trying To Talk To The Developer"

    January 27, 2012   |   By zunipus

    Version: Songbird 1.10.2

    Pros

    It's a nifty kewl open source alternative to iTunes with bells and whistles.

    Cons

    It is impossible to download the program due to problems at their server that they are unwilling to repair. The developer's help via their chat forum is useless. If you can't download the program, isn't that called a "DEAD END"?

    Summary

    I have spent the last 24 hours attempting to talk to the developers about repairing their broken URL. I can't download the software. I've extremely clearly described the problem to them and received back only WRONG information. The problem is at their end. It throws those attempting to download the software, via their OWN 'Free Download' link on their website, to an XML error page. This occurs on ALL BROWSERS (meaning the everything except Opera and obscure browsers rarely used by anyone).

    I'm FED UP trying to help them and GIVE UP trying to make sense to them. I am deleting this software from my Macs. I don't respond well to talking to a wall. I tried!

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