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Songbird Takes Flight

February 8th, 2006 · No Comments

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.

The Songbird site is getting hammered with traffic, but you can download the software through other mirrors.

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….

Tags: Music Software

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