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Rating and comments for Songbird

Average score 3.07 (based on 71 votes)

given by Anonymous on December 24, 2006

Very nice program, crashes sometimes tho.

given by Matthew Clapp on January 26, 2007

Seems to have potential but a lot of work will need to be done. It's currently very buggy. I'm not sure I understand why it was built on the Gecko engine since a web browser doesn't seem to make a good music library.

given by Dennis on February 22, 2007

Wow.. I like it already. The website looks nice, all the features are in the right place. Combined with the platforms it supports, this is going to be my alternative to iTunes. Finally I can use the same player in Ubuntu as well in Windows.
It is still buggy though, so can't wait for 1.0 to be released.

given by Vincent Martínez on February 24, 2007

This program is growing everyday to become a real iTunes drop-in replacement. I was really surprised when I downloaded their latest nightly (2-22-2007) and saw how fast, improved, and much better it had become.

For the newcomer, Songbird has an interface closely to iTunes', and has the plus of being open source and having an active community around it. Watch for this program to mature, and you'll love it.

If you want to see what this player is capable of without having to install it, you can go to their website and watch a brief video screencap showing the basic features, as well as some peculiar ones. You'll like it, I promise ;-)

given by Anonymous on March 10, 2007

given by alexh3o on April 18, 2007

A good concept, but at this stage, it is slow and crashes too much. Interface is a bit complex too.

given by Anonymous on May 4, 2007

given by Anonymous on May 24, 2007

Great music player but not yet ready to be a main music player yet.

given by Anonymous on May 30, 2007

given by Anonymous on June 3, 2007

i have been following it since it was started, and it has come a long way, it's not yet ready to replace iTunes but by the end of 2007 ill be switching,

given by Frank Sloth Aaskov on June 24, 2007

Show very good potential.. Love using a real open source alternative to iTunes..

given by Austin on July 5, 2007

The design is very sleek. With downloadable skins, it makes customizing to your own liking a synch. It's definitely going to top Itunes soon :)

given by Anonymous on July 19, 2007

given by Will on July 25, 2007

seems to be very clunky and poor to use with regular crashes on all os's. However i was a big fan of it when it initally was released.

It does use quite alot of resources so if you have them to spare its a fun ride!

given by Computer Science Student and UI enthusiast on September 2, 2007

Seriously limited due to lack of a good "Now Playing" or "Queued Songs" functionality that is common in many other media players.

User must select songs one by one and click a menu to add them to the play list that you must create first. Double clicking a song starts playing it in some "invisible playlist" and overall usability is very confusing.

Sorry songbird, but you missed some of the most basic features of a media player.

given by Anonymous on June 20, 2008

there are still some features I'd like to see (such as a built in ripper/converter) but version .6 looks good and performs decently well.

given by Anonymous on July 20, 2008

I dislike the browser feature. Makes it all bloated. I understand that it's based on the Gecko Engine but still I don't want a web browser within a media player. The plug-in section seems to grow steadily, that's ok. The skins currently available vary from dark to ugly - so not much choice here.
However, Songbird fails - for me - at what it should be: A media player and library. It's slow. It eats ram (at the moment 180 MegaBytes!!). Sometimes it freezes for half a minute if I want to look up something in the media library although I don't think that 14000 tracks is that much. A media player should be able to manage this!
Songbird does not read my mp3's tags correctly: It always misses the artist tag. That's annoying.
Sometimes Songbird starts consuming all my processor power. When a new song starts cpu usage usually goes up to 80% for 4 - 5 seconds.

and so on...

I can not recommend it at all. I will try musikCube now. If this does not do the job I'll return to Windows Media Player :(

given by Nic Moon on January 1, 2009

Serious leaps and bounds! With the Library and two browser tabs open (one with a flash app, Grooveshark, playing music) I am at 156 MB of Ram. That's lower than Firefox (2 tabs - 180MB). The skreemr functionality is amazing. iPod support on my old Nano is still great. integration is a nic feature.

Don't be afraid to take a look at this good actual release (finally!).

given by Michael Martin on February 28, 2009

I wish would divide up reviews for different software versions. The relatively new 1.x series has proven quite a bit faster and more stable for me. If you haven't tried Songbird for a while, now would be a good time to try it out again.

There are still some missing features that keep me using Banshee (plus migrating play counts and ratings from other linux players doesn't seem possible at this point). For one thing, I really need a music player that can keep my Music directory organized for me and so far it looks like that isn't an option is Songbird. It's improving quickly, though.

given by raju on April 15, 2009

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given by Anonymous on August 30, 2009

They only make it for intel macs. very offensive.

given by RMU on January 21, 2011

I have used Songbird for awhile, a few different versions. It's OK, but I find it annoying that the base program doesn't have the ability to export playlists. So, if you uninstall you lose all of your playlists and you can't back them up. You can get plug-ins to export playlists, but it's kind of baffling that they have developed a ton of stuff for Songbird but don't have this.

given by Anonymous on February 27, 2011

No more crashes than is to be expected on a Windows system.
Lots of add-ons for those who need them.
Won't let me update automatically but that problem is probably due to something on my side. (since I have that for some other programs...)
Very nice playlist feature, I don't care about exporting.
Uses not too much RAM, can even play this and Widelands simultaneously.

given by Atom Davis on June 22, 2012

love the program. great to use as long as you can edit and organize your files beforehand.

given by Shannon Medlin on April 27, 2015

This project appears to be dead.

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