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Comment by landroni
about Songbird · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

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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Comment by endolith
about Songbird · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

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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Comment by endolith
about Songbird · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

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 · Helpful Not helpful

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 · Helpful Not helpful

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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Comment by syntax
about Songbird · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful
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Comment by Fasdalf
about Songbird · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

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 · Helpful Not helpful

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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Comment by MediaDoneRight
about Songbird · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

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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Comment by gavomatic57
about Songbird · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

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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Comment by syntax
about Songbird · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

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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Comment by Ray
about Songbird · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

Please remove Linux from the supported platforms as it is no longer a supported OS by POTI
http://blog.songbirdnest.com/2010/04/02/songbird-singing-a-new-tune/
and my rumour has it that OS X will be next?
so much for being cross platform huh?

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Comment by swaan
about Songbird and iTunes · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

Completely agree with Ray: although it has some nice features, it has more downs than ups for me. Sticking to iTunes for now.

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Comment by DanMan
about Songbird · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

The official developers stopped developing the iPod device plugin, and noone else has taken over yet. So if you've been using Songbird to manage your iPod, you're currently out of luck here and should look elsewhere.

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