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Songbird is a cross-platform music player based on Mozilla code. It lets you play, manage, and discover music. You can customize its appearance with skins, and create dynamic playlists that automatically update based on criteria you set.


  • Ability to play audio formats MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, Apple Lossless, and WMA
  • Last.fm integration via a plugin, complete with love/hate buttons
  • Media import / export (from and to iTunes)
  • Includes an integrated Web browser
  • Media files stored on pages viewed in the browser show up as playable files in more...

What's New

Version 2.2.0:
  • Push audio and video content to wireless devices, like connected TVs, DVD players, and speakers.
  • See album art or DVD cover art in the now playing section for any device
  • Get more music for your library from the Amazon MP3 store
  • See the latest news and content from the currently playing artist via Songbird.me


OS X 10.5 or later

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Negritude Member IconComment+1082

End of the road for Songbird:


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Version 2.2.0

The above link (and the songbirdnest.com domain) is now 404…to view that post, go here:

The gist of that note is Songbird is discontinued as of June 28, 2013…AND Nightingale is built upon Songbird code:

Hope that helps! ;)

Chaitanya Member IconReview+5

Rather than convert an extensive library of flacs and shn to alac (for iTunes), I've been trying to use Songbird, with some frustration.

I have over 25k items in my library and always growing. Songbird is slow to respond to just about everything in 10.7.5. This may have to do with the media server, which I prefer to disable but can't seem to figure out how. Maybe the idea is that everyone wants to be web integrated instead of just using a feature rich player.

Songbird tells me it can't find the shn decoder and for more information, click here. Nice feature, but it takes me to a *video* codec page and ya know, I can't find the shn decoder for SB either.

I also had trouble moving the window; disabled various add-ons and messed with prefs and the resize buttons appeared and the window problem was solved.

Basically I think the features are very good, lots of integration even though that's not my interest.

No cover flow. With tons of customized album art I've spent years collecting and attaching to files, that's a sticking point for me.

No ability to see what format the track is; iTunes can list by "kind."

But really the speed is the deal breaker. Slow to start, slow to quit. But most frustrating is the one second wait while "chrome and ip address" show up just to switch playlists. Although in prefs one can block sites from accessing your library, I'm just not into my player constantly connecting to the internet for various reasons. I just want to hear my music.

Can't beat the price, and for that I really salute you, SB developers.

So, I'm headed back to my regular flow of converting flacs and shns to alacs in Toast or Fission.

Maybe we can date again in the future, Songbird.

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Version 2.1.0
Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3699

Terrible Icon. This app gets worse and worse....WORSER???? It doesn't like to quit . I had to force quit it 4 times. Ugly icon I used the one that Negritude suggested in last version.

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Version 2.1.0
Monkeyjunkey Member IconComment+1408

2.1 appears to be released: http://blog.songbirdnest.com/songbird-classic-version-2-1-update/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+songbird-blog+%28Songbird+Blog%29

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Version 2.0.0

Oh and finally a new icon. Can't say it's a beauty but better than the failed 2.0 attempt.


Thanks, Monkeyjunkey! We've updated our listing.

Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3699

With the icon courtesy of Negritude I really like version 2.0. It seems a little faster and snappier in Mountain Lion 10.8.1

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Version 2.0.0
Ingjald Member IconReview+2

I just upgraded to 2.0.0 and am now unable to move the window. Since half the window is off-screen, the program is now useless.

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Version 2.0.0
Meister-Fritz Member IconReview+17

A massive change and not for the better. Open window/player could not be moved. Cloud site requires login with Facebook, why?

Deleted and with no intention of installing again.

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Version 2.0.0
Johninsapporo Member IconReview+46

Should be called iTunes lite.

Didn't like it.

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Version 2.0.0
Yoshinatsu Member IconComment+539

New icon is incredibly ugly, and I highly doubt it follows Mac OS X's icon guidelines. Just because Adobe is dumb and introduced this style of icons doesn't mean it's good.

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Version 2.0.0

I agree. This is the worst icon change in the history of software development. FYI, I kind of like this cute alternative icon:



i must agree, i've never seen such an ugly icon change, especially since the had such an original nice black birdy icon..
pitty pitty..

Joecruzz Member IconReview+2

It is mentioned that the improvements including the ability to play wma files, yet I am not able to. Any help on this?

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Version 1.10.2

Why in the world would you want to use wma files?


How I understand this, WMA files are only supported on Windows.

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Date 17 Feb 2013
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