Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Songbird 1.2.0

The Open Music Player

Songbird is an open-source customizable music player that's under active development.

We're working on creating a non-proprietary, cross platform, extensible tool that will help enable new ways to playback, manage, and discover music. There are lots of ways to contribute your time to the project. We'd love your help!

There are several features we're proud of, but we'll be the first to admit that others need ironing out, are experimental, or are just plain missing. There's still a lot to do.


Developer's Description

What’s in, what we’re working on, and what’s next.

Integrated Services
  • 7digital Music Store

    Buy high quality MP3s (320kbps) and get recommendation for new tracks based on your listening habits.

  • mashTape

    Discover Flickr photos, YouTube videos, last.fm biographies, Google news (and more) for the currently playing artist.

  • Last.fm Scrobbling
    Last.fm Scrobbling

    Integrated Last.fm support allows you to scrobble, love, and ban your tracks.

  • Last.fm Radio
    Last.fm Radio

    Listen to stations based on your Last.fm library, your Songbird library and friends/neighbors' libraries. Browse the directory to explore tag and artist relationships.

  • Concert Tickets
    Concert Tickets

    Discover upcoming shows in your area based on the artists in your library. Event listings powered by Songkick.

  • SHOUTcast Radio
    SHOUTcast Radio

    Stream music using the integrated SHOUTcast Radio directory.

  • Media Importing / Exporting

    Add media to Songbird by importing from your file system or iTunes. Export your tracks and playlists back into iTunes.

  • Library Files Organization

    Automatically organize the files contained in your library. Consolidate your media in one location. Customize the structure of the folder and file name based on metadata contained in every track.

  • Watch Folders

    Automatically import media from a defined folder.

  • Library Management

    Browse, organize, sort and search your media.

  • Smart Playlists

    Create dynamic playlists that automatically update based on criteria you set.

  • Album Artwork

    Display the currently playing track's album art and write new artwork back to the file. Automatically fetch missing album art from the web.

  • Media Playback

    Songbird supports MP3, FLAC, and Vorbis on all platforms; WMA and WMA DRM on Windows; and AAC and Fairplay on Windows and Mac.

  • Gapless Playback & Replay Gain

    Skips padding data due to encoding and chains files for gapless playback experience. Adjusts the playback gain appropriately if a track's metadata contains replay gain information.

  • GStreamer

    Songbird uses GStreamer as the main media playback system, across all platforms.

  • Web Browser

    Songbird includes an integrated web browser with features like bookmarking, tabbed browsing, and more.

  • Cross Platform

    Songbird runs on Windows, Linux and Mac.

  • Multi-language Support

    Over 25 completed, community-contributed localizations and growing!

  • Automatic Updates

    Always stay up to date using Songbird's built-in automatic updates.

  • Custom UI

    Make Songbird your own by choosing from dozens of different skins feathers.

  • Setup Assistant

    Quickly setup Songbird for the first time.

  • Developer Support

    Songbird is getting better everyday thanks to its open platform and growing developer community.

In Progress
  • Device Support

    Songbird's device support is limited. The Device Support wiki has additional details about what's supported. Apple iPhones, iPod Touch and Microsoft Zune devices are not yet supported.

  • Metadata Management

    Songbird supports reading from and writing metadata to many music file formats. We still need to support the ability to fetch additional metadata from popular lookup services.

  • Subscriptions

    Subscribe to music blogs and download music directly to your library. We're working on ways to improve this feature.

  • Performance & Stability

    Improving the performance and stability of Songbird is an ongoing focus. Each release we set aside dedicated cycles to ensure we're making progress.

Coming Soon
  • CD Rip

    CD Rip and encoding are forthcoming. Check the roadmap for details.

  • Video

    We're still nailing the music player experience, but can't wait to properly integrate video! Check the roadmap for details.

Download Songbird1.2.0 for Windows XP/Vista (13.3 MB)

Songbird promises to be the Firefox of media players.

—Aaron Boodman, Greasemonkey

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