Songbird

Version: 2.2.0 || Release Date: 2013-02-07 || License: GPL Developer: Pioneers of the Inevitable, LLC | App Owner: bbrockchalk

Open source web media player.

Songbird is a desktop Web player, a digital jukebox and Web browser mash-up. Like Winamp, it supports extensions and skins feathers. Like Firefox, it is built from Mozilla, cross-platform and open source.

Suggest screenshot/icon / Suggest new version

24 Opinions

Clearly not an iTunes replacement in my case:

- Slower and more RAM-intensive, as many cross-platform with insufficient Mac development. Also, some weird window behaviour, as noted by others.

- Many issues with skins: some panes appear blank, excessive pane clutter… Not a single skin gets near the iTunes zen (e.g. artwork next to song titles).

- Podcasts and iPod support are not yet as polished as needed for daily use. Overall, the application is often inconsistent in terms of add-ons and GUI.

It is nice to have so many add-ons, like lyrics and last.fm, although many are unsupported right now. It is also nice to have better file/folder organization.

But iTunes stays superior on everything else, despite the many fancy additions which I have disabled (e.g. 'Genius') or rarely used (e.g. Store).

I am sticking with iTunes and Spotify, although I am open to better versions (please, faster, with a less ugly application icon).

A lot of the earlier (negative) comments can probably be ignored as the application has come a long way and is now looking fairly polished. Given Apple's antics with the iTunes Store it's definitely important to prioritise freedom over features anyway.

It's hard to compete with Apple in quality but Songbird is doing a very good job. I tried it for a day but I still prefer iTunes. I have +6000 songs and iTunes does a marvelous job to keep them organized.

iTunes is the biggest player but many others are appearing to compete (like DoubleTwist against iTunes Store).

SongBird is still in version 1.2 but I'll keep track of it. Maybe it becomes better than iTunes in the future.

Still no mac love. The player seems fine, but the dev team can't seem to find the time to make the trivial changes required to make it work with the way mac apps behave (don't quit the app when I close the window. it's a friggin music player... this seems like a no brainer to me).

Still no support for musepack and podcast + on-line radio support.
But this is most potential music app i ever seen.

Still waiting musepack and podcast + on-line radio support.

Very RAM-hungry and the iPod-Sync doesn't support album covers, podcasts, or photos yet. The add-ons are quite useful though (e.g. it gets album covers, lyrics and guitar tabs for me) and the feathers (skins) are very pretty. I don't care much for the web features, so I won't review them... Replaces iTunes for me at the moment. (Version 1.1.2)

Not usable on Mac OSX. When you close the window, it closes the app. Lame! Run in the background... sheeh

Songbird is noticeably slower and more sluggish for me than iTunes. I don't really rate the interface either. The only big advantage, in my opinion, is the add-on support, but it won't make me switch from iTunes.

Another ugly application that takes us back to the 90s.

1 2 3 next

Page 1 of 3. 24 entries.