Songbird for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.10.0b2
  • Total Downloads:
    24,681
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 11, 2011
  • Price:
    Free

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

 
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2 stars

"Unfortunately, quite pointless"

June 12, 2011  |  By croupiac

 |  Version: Songbird 1.10.0b2

Pros

Nice enough sort of app.

Cons

... but just plain limited.

Summary

It's a nice enough sort of app, but the problem is that it's just limited in what it can do and what it can interface with. It's hooked up with Zune now, so iPod support was dropped (the very definition of pointless, choosing a dying platform over the world's most popular). Regardless, it just doesn't do that much, or do what it does do in any kind of stand-out fashion. Which makes it nice as an academic experiment or project, but not really worthwhile as a consumer product. While Firefox (and more recently, Thunderbird) has managed to establish itself with some platform friendliness, Songbird still suffers from its open-source platform-agnosticism. That is, in order to be a good citizen on all platforms, it's also compromised on all platforms, and isn't particularly good or at home on any of them (see also: Mozilla 1.x, Firefox 1.x-2.x).

There are other, better apps out there. This is not the one you're looking for.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.10.0b2
  • Two-way synchronization between devices and the Songbird library
  • Automatic organization of downloaded and ripped files into an Artist/Album filesystem hierarchy.
  • The PlaylistCommandsBuilders interface has been deprecated. Add-on developers should use the new playlistcommands interface (documentation forthcoming -- see bug 23893).
General
Publisher Pioneers of the Inevitable
Publisher web site http://getsongbird.com/
Release Date June 11, 2011
Date Added June 11, 2011
Version 1.10.0b2
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/10.6 Intel
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 22.27MB
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 24,681
Downloads Last Week 27
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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