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Songbird Music for iOS

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Editors' Review Staff Sep 3, 2013

Songbird Music looks like a feature-rich app, but with performance issues and dated content it takes some digging to find the most useful tools here. The app is designed to curate and provide access to top YouTube playlists on your iOS device, as well as accessing your iTunes library so you can create and share playlists with other users. This allows you to listen to music and watch videos directly from this app without having to pay for a monthly membership. It works on both accounts, but there are issues.

When you open Songbird Music you can start listening right away or you can create an account that allows you to save and share favorites. You can then search by what's new, top YouTube playlists, music categories, or explore by the top fans, artists, and trending artists in the system. The app also provides immediate access to your existing Music library so you can play from a single app -- anything you buy or download from iTunes shows up in this interface. Everything technically works, but there were multiple crashes, playback errors, and other issues when trying to access the YouTube playlists. Combined with older playlists, dated news, and no shares or likes in the "What's New" area it's likely the community here is either small or inactive.

Songbird Music has potential as a useful free music exploration app. In its current state, however, it has too many issues, lacks regular updates, and doesn't provide the same amount of exploration and interaction options that other free music apps in the same genre do on the iOS platform. It's worth checking out, but likely won't replace your other music apps anytime soon.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.1


Release July 8, 2013
Date Added July 8, 2013
Version 2.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.


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Developer's Description

Songbird is a desktop media player, specifically designed with the future in mind. While most media players are still focusing on local music only, Songbird is currently looking to the constantly-changing landscape of the web for guidance. What does this mean? Simply put, Songbird allows you to 'play' the web. Instead of needing separate applications to search for and listen to music, Songbird allows you to do it all from one simple program, with an astounding level of integration between the web and your music.