Songbird
Songbird 2.2.0
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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.

Features:
  • 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
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
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.5 or later



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Songbird User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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Negritude commented on 30 Jun 2013
End of the road for Songbird:

http://blog.songbirdnest.com/you-gotta-know-when-to-fold-em/
[Version 2.2.0]

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Aadams77 replied on 09 Nov 2013
The above link (and the songbirdnest.com domain) is now 404…to view that post, go here:
http://web.archive.org/web/20131006095651/http://blog.songbirdnest.com/you-gotta-know-when-to-fold-em/

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

Hope that helps! ;)
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Chaitanya reviewed on 02 Nov 2012
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.
[Version 2.1.0]


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Jazzyguy reviewed on 01 Nov 2012
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.
[Version 2.1.0]


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Monkeyjunkey commented on 31 Oct 2012
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
[Version 2.0.0]

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Monkeyjunkey replied on 31 Oct 2012
Oh and finally a new icon. Can't say it's a beauty but better than the failed 2.0 attempt.
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MacUpdate-Warren replied on 31 Oct 2012
Thanks, Monkeyjunkey! We've updated our listing.
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Jazzyguy reviewed on 03 Sep 2012
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
[Version 2.0.0]


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zitronenmelissa reviewed on 23 Jun 2012
As a girl I like the new UI !!!
As a FLAC & Shoutcast-fan I don´t miss anything.
... just the possibility of using the media keys, maybe there is an Addon ...
No problem moving the window (Lion OS X 10.7.4)
CPU & RAM usage is good.

Very nice changes!

... now I try the new Android App
(dreaming about a sync-option ^_^ )
[Version 2.0.0]


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Ingjald reviewed on 20 Jun 2012
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.
[Version 2.0.0]


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Meister-Fritz reviewed on 13 Jun 2012
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.
[Version 2.0.0]


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Johninsapporo reviewed on 13 Jun 2012
Should be called iTunes lite.

Didn't like it.
[Version 2.0.0]


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Yoshinatsu commented on 12 Jun 2012
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.
[Version 2.0.0]

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Negritude replied on 13 Jun 2012
I agree. This is the worst icon change in the history of software development. FYI, I kind of like this cute alternative icon:

http://www.softicons.com/free-icons/application-icons/audio-video-player-icons-by-tatice/songbird-icon
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Boni replied on 13 Jun 2012
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..
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Monkeyjunkey had trouble on 16 Jun 2010
I just wish it was easier to get all the songs from iTunes over to songbird. It finds 184 files from my over 23000 tracks when I select Import Media from the file-menu and then choose the iTunes Music folder.

I hope I'm doing something wrong. How are you supposed to proceed? The initial import didn't bring up all my files.
[Version 1.8.0b1]

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Thyx commented on 16 Jun 2010
If it were sufficient to get the files in there: just drag&drop the folders… obviously that won't include any play counts, volume levels, etc.

I could improvise and help myself via Last.FM – back then, I used some utility to update my Last.FM play count to the iTunes ones.
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MonkeyJunkey had trouble on 25 Jul 2009
ATM Album-Art isn't imported for AAC-Files. This makes it really hard to move on from iTunes. My iTunes library is about 50% AAC und 50% MP3. Hoping on an update...
[Version 1.2]



kot_bayun rated on 18 Feb 2013

[Version 2.2.0]



+6

BadBadger rated on 31 Oct 2012

[Version 2.1.0]



LunaBlaze rated on 08 Jul 2012

[Version 2.0.0]



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vit120555 rated on 03 Feb 2012

[Version 1.10.2]



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Doctorfo rated on 02 Nov 2011

[Version 1.10.1]



At0mac rated on 03 Aug 2011

[Version 1.10.0b3]



Rauto rated on 16 Jul 2011

[Version 1.10.0b3]



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widethtripp rated on 21 Jun 2011

[Version 1.10.0b2]


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Type:Multimedia Design : Audio
License:Free
Date:17 Feb 2013
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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.

Features:
  • 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 Songbird
  • Ability to subscribe to MP3 blogs as playlists
  • Ability to build custom mixes
  • A skinnable interface, via feathers
  • Automatic updates


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