A group of folks who were previously behind software/services like WinAmp, the Yahoo Music Service and Firefox have released Songbird, an open source desktop media player. Songbird offers access to a wide variety of music and video on the Internet, digital music services, podcasts, internet radio and more. It also offers a number of standard media player features like music library organization & consolidation, support for portable devices and connections to network devices such as Sonos or Slimserver.
In the words of Boing Boing:
It sees the online world through MP3-colored glasses — it looks at an archive of public domain sound files or a music store’s catalog, and displays available media for you.
I’ve just installed it on my Windows machine (no Mac version available yet) and look forward to taking it for a test drive. The open source nature of the project is the aspect that is most encouraging…if it offers a variety of ripping, encoding, transcoding and organizing functions, it will be a big step closer to the ideal music library manager I’ve been waiting for….