Licence: GPL
Version 2.2.0 | Release Date: 2013-02-07 | Download
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Version 1.8.0 | Release Date: 2010-09-02 | Download

Release notes can be found at:

Version 1.7.3 | Release Date: 2010-06-10 | Download

* You’ll no longer lose the Library node after updating from 1.4.3. If you’ve already lost it, don’t worry — this update will bring it back.
* The add-on will log in again. It broke because of a change on the server side that exposed a flaw in our add-on’s login mechanism. We’ve fixed it and a new add-on is available.
* Sprint’s recent Android 2.1 update for the HTC Hero changed the way that the device identifies itself. Songbird can now recognize the new HTC Hero.

Version 1.7.2 | Release Date: 2010-06-03 | Download

* Additional Encoding Support (MPEG-4 and WMV)
* Additional Device Support (Songbird now supports the Philips Muse and CAM devices)
* SD Card Support (Support for removable SD storage in devices)
* Video playback support for the Mac
* Video Window
* Performance and Stability
* Official Linux support dropped

* Photo Device Synchronization
* AAC Decoder
* Windows 7 Support
* Additional Device Support
* Performance and Stability

* Video Transcoding
* Video Transcoding Device Support
* Device Video Compatibility
* Firmware Support
* Import Network Settings
* Gracenote metadata
* Performance and Stability
* Codec Profiling
* Startup Localization
* Some Firefox Addons Start Working on Songbird

* Video Library
* Video Playback
* Video Metadata
* Video Device Sync
* Performance and Stability
* Vendor Rebasing
* General Build Improvements
* Video Transcoding
* Windows 7 Support

Version 1.4.2 | Release Date: 2009-12-24 | Download

Bugs fixed in 1.4:

Version 1.4.2 | Release Date: 2009-12-22 | Download

A snag fixed — just a UI glitch exposed during updates in which some remnants of the old Gonzo feather were showing up in the new Purple Rain feather, which made mashTape and LyricMaster hard to use.

Version 1.2.0 | Release Date: 2009-06-16 | Download

Automatically Organize Library Files

Songbird can now automatically organize the files that are contained in your library. Once enabled, it will consolidate your media in one location. You can customize the structure of the folder and file names based on metadata contained in every track.
2-Way iTunes Import/Export

If you’re using iTunes Music Store to purchase content, you can now automatically expose iTunes library tracks and playlists into Songbird. You can also export tracks and playlists added to Songbird back into iTunes, so that they can easily be synced to your iPhone or iPod touch. Radio Radio supports artist, tag, and user stations, mapping station links on the website to play internally in Songbird. It includes the Radio Directory allowing you to conveniently browse and explore the tag and artist relationships on Additionally, the Radio directory includes quick links for playing stations based on your library, your Songbird library, and friends/neighbors’ libraries.
10-band Equalizer

Now you can tweak the frequency response of the audio playback to match your room’s acoustics or your personal preferences.

Version 1.1.2 | Release Date: 2009-04-09 | Download

Release notes.

Version 1.1 | Release Date: 2009-03-13 | Download
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Version 1.1.1 | Release Date: 2009-03-10 | Download

See Release Notes:

Version 1.0.0 | Release Date: 2008-12-02 | Download


Improved Audio/Playback Functionality

* We now use GStreamer as our main media playback system, across all platforms - giving us higher performance, better reliability, and a platform for much more media-related functionality in the future.
* Songbird supports MP3, FLAC, and Vorbis on all platforms; WMA on Windows; and AAC on Windows and Mac.

UI Experience Improvements
User experience improvements include these significant visual and functional changes:

* Many new keyboard shortcuts added. The list of those supported per platform can be viewed via "Keyboard Shortcuts" selection in the Help menu.
* We’ve refined the column heading property list and made it easier to enable the properties you care about. Just right click on any column heading in a library or playlist to give it a try.
* "Show File" now available for any selected track via File menu or right click on track contextual menu. This provides an easy way to find the media file location on your filesystem.
* Smart Playlists can now be used as rules within other Smart Playlists.
* Ability to show/hide display panes via individual buttons for service pane, bottom and right sidebar display panes

Performance Improvements
This release provides improved performance:

* Faster Media Importing
* Drastically Faster Search
* Reduced Startup Times
* Snappier Sorting
* Efficient Scrolling of Large Libraries
* Reduced Memory Usage (When importing and using large libraries)

Many miscellaneous top crashers were fixed for this release.

Below are the high profile bugs/issues which are known to still be open for this release. You can also check the Common Duplicates page for lesser profile known issues.

NOTE: For play of DRM files, make sure you have gone to store where you purchased your DRM tracks from to learn how to authorize your computer to play that those tracks. Songbird will be able to play those tracks as soon as your machine has been authorized.

All Platforms

* Youtube scraping not supported ( bug 5199)
* Need to change the HTTP accept-language tag to match locale ( bug 5437)
* Dialogs text cropped when OS is using big fonts ( bug 5583)
* [iPod] Need to support the iPod Touch/iPhone ( bug 6389)
* Window min/max sizing does not respect DPI
* [iPod] Album Artwork switched to wrong music ( bug 7780)
* [podcast] RSS page not displaying properly in SB ( bug 8573)
* [metadata-writing] Unable to write metadata to .m4a files ( bug 8812)
* [ipod] deviceSummary page reports incorrent number of files deleted from device ( bug 9878)
* [ipod] incorrect capacity-used-by-music & songCount on device itself ( bug 10170)
* [ipod] 1st Gen iPod shuffle not mounting in Songbird ( bug 10432)
o Temp Solution:
+ Go to iPod directory
+ Find "ipod_control" folder and delete it
+ Re-connect the ipod and Songbird will recognize it.
* [ipod] Smart Playlist names aren't synced to iPods ( bug 11635)
* [ipod] Smart Playlists don't show up in device node when synced ( bug 11636)
* Paused tracks inconsistently increase playcount ( bug 13615)

Windows Specific

* Auto hide task bar is not maximized when SB is maximized ( bug 6116)
* [mtp] metadata for existing media items are off ( bug 8068)
* [mtp] Some sync'd songs metadata displays as 0:00 ( bug 9145)
* Playback automatically resumes after computer is returned from standby ( bug 9605)
* [mtp][clip] SB does not remember renamed Sansa Clip device ( bug 9742)
* [mtp] [dups] Same files can be added twice to a device if 2 PCs are used ( bug 9803)
* [mtp] Songbird lockup on sync of 3 devices at once ( bug 9886)
* [win] Seek button displays wrong time in track on pause/play( bug 13174)
* [mtp] Mediacore Error on playback of media items on MTP device from within Songbird app ( bug 13336)
* [win] "Folder not empty" dialog sometimes thrown during upgrade install ( bug 13809)
* [windows] Shortcut/taskbar icon is old style 'Egg' or 'Headphones" in XP. ( bug 13829)
o WORKAROUND: Old icons can get cached forever in Windows XP
+ Go to /Documents and Settings/<username>/Local Settings/Application Data
+ Delete the IconCache.db file
+ Restart Windows
* [vista] Drag-and-drop from from filesystem to SB on Vista is broken ( bug 13869)

Linux Specific

Note: The iPod Mini, Touch Wheel, and Photo models are no longer supported for Linux by the internal Songbird Deveopment Team. However, some community members have indicated that using Firewire cable with the iPod Photo has worked for them.

* Window resizing broken on some dual head configurations ( bug 2108)
* Can't play Songs from .htaccess password protected apache directory ( bug 5011)
* [linux] Mini mode position is not remembered when switched back from Full Player ( bug 5938)
* [Linux] Maximize window state not retained on Quit/Relaunch ( bug 6657)
* Restarting app too quickly after quitting causes a "app is still running dialog" ( bug 6671)
* Maximized state is not remembered between feather changes ( bug 9002)
* [podcast][mac][linux] Play stopped on change of feather ( bug 9525)
* [mac][linux] Songbird does not play MIDI files ( bug 9798)
* [linux] Cannot D&D import files from directory with spaces it path name ( bug 9804)
* [linux] Files from SMB shares cannot be played ( bug 12539)
* [linux64] Songbird hanging on shutdown ( bug 13159)
o NOTE: Ensure ALSA install is at least version alsa-lib-1.0.17-2.fc9
* [linux] "Opening 'songbird' " cancel dialog not functional/cannot close ( bug 13656)
o NOTE: Double clicking on the Songbird shell script in Nautilus on Linux may cause a dialod to appear asking if you want to run or edit the shell script. If you want to avoid this dialog, go into Edit -> Preferences for Nautilus and, under the behavior tab, select 'Run executable text files when they are opened'.
* 0.7.0 -- > 1.0.0 updates do not auto restart on Linux ( bug 13976)
o Won't Fix. User can manually launch the app just fine.

MacOSX Specific

* [mac] No info for WMA files in library ( bug 6129)
* [mac][ipod] iTunes can interfere with mount of iPod in Songbird ( bug 6946)
* [podcast][mac][linux] Play stopped on change of feather ( bug 9525)
* [mac][linux] Songbird does not play MIDI files ( bug 9798)
* [mac] Mini-player doesn't show up in Spaces (intermittent) ( bug 9819)
* [key][mac] Keyboard shortcuts for Play/Pause, Next/previous track not shown in Control menu ( bug 12922)

Version 0.7.0 | Release Date: 2008-08-21 | Download
New UI
  • The new UI includes significant visual and functional changes such as:
    • A new dedicated tab that contains all of your media content
    • Ability to show/hide the service pane when viewing webpages (it's automatically hidden when viewing web content, but a button will allow you to toggle show/hide)
    • Ability to choose where the player controls live, the top or bottom of the window, based on user preference (right click on the player control pane to change its location or on some platforms View menu -> Player Controls).
    • New look and feel for the Mini Player

Faster Media Scan

  • Scanning for media on your local drive is significantly faster.

First Run Wizard
  • The wizard will walk you through EULA, media scanning, and installing recommended add-ons when launching the application for the first time. You'll need to create a new profile to be presented with the wizard (since you will not see it if upgrading).

Drag & Drop
  • The drag and drop experience in the application has been greatly improved.
  • It now supports visual feedback to show you how many items you are dragging.

Smart Playlists
  • We now have smart playlist support which not only allows you to create your own customized playlists, but also provide defaults for:
    • Highest Rated
    • Most Played
    • Recently Added
    • Recently Played

Album Art

  • Songbird can now read, write and display album artwork.  There's a new Album Art Display Pane in the bottom of the Service Pane that shows the artwork associated with currently playing track.  In the Metadata Editor, you can add, remove and paste artwork to a track - changes will be saved to the file(s) you edit.

Version 0.6.1 | Release Date: 2008-06-30 | Download
  • Scan for media hangs on certain files. (10191)
  • 0.5 -> 0.5.1 -> 0.6 complete upgrade causes Media Core Error failure upon 0.6 launch (10307)
  • taglib not packaged properly (10338)
Version 0.6 | Release Date: 2008-06-16 | Download
  • Brand new features include:
    • A new Metadata Editor that allows you to make changes to your media and write the edits back to the file(s)
    • A Shoutcast Radio directory integrated directly into Songbird that makes it easy to discover and stream music
    • New contextual menu options in the browser component of Songbird.
  • Performance improvements include:
    • Support for larger media libraries
    • Smoother scrolling
    • Faster filtering
    • Speedier search
    • The latest Quicktime add-on greatly improves playback performance for local MP3 and M4A files (no more latency issues before playback begins.)
  • Improved ease of use through:
    • Adding the ability to search for text within a webpage using cmd/ctrl + f
    • Enabling the Edit menu options - Copy, Paste, Select All and Delete now work
    • Providing a way to filter and sort your library by bit rate
    • Making the View menu options more intuitive
    • It is now easier to switch feathers
    • You can hide/show display panes
    • Feathers can now be auto-loaded after being installed by choosing the option to restart the application
    • The scan for media and metadata reading progress meters are now modal to prevent scenarios where the application can lockup during these intensive tasks - we will be improving the flow in the next release so it's not two dialogs.
  • Improved device support:
    • iPod performance has been greatly improved.
Version 0.5 | Release Date: 2008-03-26 | Download

Songbird 0.5 Release Notes
It's here! Our official Songbird 0.5 Release. As we continue down the road toward 1.0, we ask that our dedicated open source community use this latest release and provide feedback and bugs. Let's work together to make Songbird rock solid!


The following are new features and improvements for the Songbird 0.5 release:

  • New Device API with initial MTP Device Support Add-on. We encourage you to provide feedback on your experience with your favorite MTP device. Please see our MTP Device Compatibility Feedback page.
  • Extensible Library Views now enable developers to create add-ons that add additional library views in Songbird (6456)
  • Improved shuffle algorithm (754)
  • Added Mac menu/key command support (4845) for:
  • Hide Songbird (Command-H)
  • Hide Others (Command-Option-H)
  • Show All
  • Preferences... (Command-,)
  • Quit Songbird (Command-Q)
  • Improved RSS playlists support/parsing (5774)
  • Notification to let Linux users know they need to add the GStreamer plugin (6427)
  • Added "Source" column to downloads playlist (6356)
  • The following high profile bugs are known to still be open for this release:

All Platforms

  • Songs with special characters are not sorted correctly (74)
  • 'Edit' menu items not hooked up (2116)
  • Index column width can be shrunk to cut off index values (4571)
  • Audioscrobbler add-on not updated to support this release (5193)
  • Need to change the HTTP accept-language tag to match locale (5437)
  • [ipod] adding/removing media items and status display happen in wrong order (6294)
  • Window min/max sizing does not respect DPI (6956)
  • Maximize/Restore buttons get confused (8028)
  • [scrapper] Media scans occur and show % Found even on non-media sites (8037)

MacOSX Specific

  • [QT] erratic playback for protected aac (m4p) files (do not use nsITimer) (2361)
  • "Cheezy Video Window" cannot be hidden or resized (4706)
  • Most keyboard shortcuts unavailable on OS X (5409)
  • [mac][ipod] iTunes can interfere with mount of iPod in Songbird (6946)
  • QuickTime add-on does not play Fairplay files with a Flash file in the mainwin (7263)
  • [mac][ppc] Load of double byte languages (Chinese, Japanese, etc) getting a parsing error (8177)


The following development documentation is available:

  • Display Panes Documentation
  • Webpage API Documentation
  • Add-on API Documentation
  • For more details, visit:
Version 0.4 | Release Date: 2007-12-29 | Download

Release notes.

Version 0.3.1 | Release Date: 2007-11-16 | Download
  • [Mac/Linux] Resizing Songbird can make it disappear/display weird (5286)
  • [iContent-Disposition filename header are now quoted (5416)
  • Bottom tabs made less ugly (5427)
  • Find current track & play next track do not work for playlist/library (5490)
  • First run dialog does not display list of add-ons or ok/cancel buttons (5493)
  • Playlistplayback may overwrite wrong track on metadata update (5509)
Version 0.3 | Release Date: 2007-10-30 | Download
  • New Songbird Webpage API
  • New Songbird Add-on API
  • New Songbird Feathers API
Version 0.2.5 | Release Date: 2007-02-28 | Download
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Version 0.2 | Release Date: 2006-10-19 | Download
  • Cross-platform support: Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
  • Multi-language support: 30+ languages
  • Play the Web: Play as you browse, Web pages as playlists
  • Developer life-cycle tools: Doxygen, Trac, SVN
Version not-yet-0.2 | Release Date: 2006-07-09 | Download
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