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about Songbird and gmusicbrowser, MusicBee · ·

Do yourself a favor and try MusicBee (Windows) or Guayadeque/Gmusicbrowser (Linux). Songbird is...well...if it's a bird, it doesn't fly and as for songs...it doesn't sing.

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about Songbird · ·

Songbird's gotten progressively worse ever since they dropped iPod support. Then Linux support, the web-features that were supposed to sell Songbird, and it isn't getting any slimmer or faster (SLOOOWWW). Had higher hopes for Songbird...but it just fizzled out.

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I added a 'like' for Songbird, but only for the Android ver ...

Comment by landroni
about Songbird · Jun 2011 ·

I added a 'like' for Songbird, but only for the Android version. I tried it on the desktop (on Linux) and it looks strange (read: crap).

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If you don't like Apple's software, why are you buying thei ...

Comment by endolith
about Songbird · Jun 2011 ·

If you don't like Apple's software, why are you buying their products? Isn't integration with their software the only real benefit they have over competitors?

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I don't understand why people are buying Apple iPods and th ...

Comment by endolith
about Songbird · Jun 2011 ·

I don't understand why people are buying Apple iPods and then complaining that software other than Apple iTunes doesn't support their proprietary interfaces.

iDevices are the overwhelmingly dominant portable music players in the current market. Although somewhat subjective, it generally has to do with the fact that Apple makes the best-built, most aesthetically pleasing, and best-supported (warranty-wise) devices today. When a certain kind of hardware dominates the market the way iDevices do at the moment, it's incumbent upon software developers to, as a practical matter, make software that supports that hardware. My complaint with Songbird is that it used to work with iDevices, but has since decided not to support them. Which begs the question why they make a Mac version of their software at all.

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Comment by JairJy
about Songbird and Winamp, iTunes · Jun 2011 ·

Songbird will be a great, if not the best music player. But not now; is slow, lack of features and buggy. Winamp is a better option.

... at least is better than iTunes, if you don't have an iPod.

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Comment by Boardies
about Songbird and MediaMonkey · Jun 2011 ·

Cool app with great ambition, but with no iPod support, heavy resource footprint and general crashing, it is just too much effort. I love it, and download every new release, but for now, MediaMonkey just takes the cake

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Linux builds are available here: http://wiki.songbirdnest.c ...

Comment by syntax
about Songbird · Jun 2011 ·
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MusicBee is better

about Songbird and MusicBee · ·

So many years later, yet still so buggy. MusicBee is so much better.

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Songbird does not support linux anymore. There is no way do ...

Comment by Fasdalf
about Songbird · Jun 2011 ·

Songbird does not support linux anymore. There is no way do download it's linux build now.

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It is nice, but awfully slow

Comment by ManagerChaos
about Songbird · Jun 2011 ·

It is nice, with a lot of useful plugins, quite usable... but it is awfully slow. I have a music library of 90 GB. It takes me for ages search within it, songbird finally crashes too often.

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Mozilla / Songbird recently dropped linux: http://www.linux ...

Comment by MediaDoneRight
about Songbird · Jun 2011 ·

Mozilla / Songbird recently dropped linux: http://www.linux-mag.com/cache/7761/1.html

this might be a fork of songbird for linux, but at the moment its unclear: http://getnightingale.org/

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Used to use this in Linux, but wouldn't consider using it o ...

Comment by gavomatic57
about Songbird · Jun 2011 ·

Used to use this in Linux, but wouldn't consider using it on Windows or on the Mac - simply because there are too many better alternatives. At least in linux it had slightly less competition.

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I've added a note to the Linux availability. As the blog po ...

Comment by syntax
about Songbird · Jun 2011 ·

I've added a note to the Linux availability. As the blog post mentioned by Ray states, there will be Linux builds available, although of questionable quality.
Meanwhile, there are some Linux forks of Songbird - AFAIK http://getnightingale.org/ and maybe something else.

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