Songbird is a free media player that is a combination of a desktop web player, a digital jukebox and web browser, developed by Pioneers of the Inevitable (with members who previously developed for both Winamp and the Yahoo! Music Engine). Songbird plays the Media Web. Plays MP3s without leaving the page.
Features of Songbird
- Media files stored on pages viewed in the browser show up as playable files in Songbird.
- Cross platform compatibility with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Mac OS X (PPC, Intel) and Linux (Intel).
- Able to play Windows Media DRM audio on Windows platforms
- Built in RSS subscription and MP3 file download.
- Subscribe to mp3 blogs as playlists.
- An easily configurable and collapsible graphical user interface similar to iTunes, and miniplayer mode.
- Users can add features and change functionality in Songbird by installing extensions.
- Automatic updates.
- eMusic integration using the eMusic Integration plugin.
- Ability to play multiple audio formats, such as MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC and Windows Media Audio.
- A skinnable interface, via feathers.
My Experience With Songbird
- Working with the in built browser is great.
- Library and Playlist handling is simple.
- Slightly heavy on Resources, but still manageable
- I read somewhere that it has some bugs, but somehow I didn’t encounter any of them, or probably they have been rectified in 0.4 release.
Songbird is open for developers, if they want to develop any kind of add-ons for it. In built web browser allows to surf different sites, with the help of tabs. Compatibility with different portable devices takes it a step ahead. The first full release is still to arrive, which can be expected to be a great application. What do you think about Songbird???