Songbird is a desktop Web player, a digital jukebox and Web browser mash-up. Like Winamp, it supports extensions and feathers (skins). Like Firefox®, it is built from Mozilla®, cross-platform and open source.

Songbird Key Features:

Songbird is built on Mozilla’s XULRunner platform and it allows skinning and add-ons similar to Firefox, but it uses a lot of RAM. It is called by many the Firefox of media players. Another selling point is browsing web pages from within Songbird (Gecko engine) and automatic music discovery(“url slurper”) – music files embedded on a web page are displayed on a separate pane where they can be played or downloaded.

  • 1. Music:Sync your music on your PC, smart phone or MP3 player. Listen to streaming audio and Internet radio.
  • 2. Playlists: Build smart playlists, filter and sort your music instantly.
  • 3. Downloads: Download and purchase music from popular MP3 sites, including 7digital and Available add-ons accelerate downloads for fast, reliable service.
  • 4. CD Ripping: Get your tracks from your CD collection to your Songbird music library quickly, with our CD Rip add-on.
  • 5. Audio formats: Supports MP3, AAC, OGG, FLAC, WMA, WAV formats.
  • 6. Video formats: Supports H.264, Windows Media Video, MPEG4 formats.
  • 7. Picture formats: Supports BMP, GIF, JPEG, and PNG formats.
  • 8. Songbird now supports the latest generation of smart phones and media players.

iTunes VS Songbird

iTunes is better than Songbird?

  • 1. iTunes is so integrated with Mac system. The Media browser, iTunes Store, Spotlight, etc., just spread out your music throughout the system. This will naturally cause you to add songs to the iTunes library instead of Songbird, which means that the next time you launch Songbird, you have to reimport them into that library.
  • 2. Songbird’s performance is pathetic. It uses up a whole lot of memory and the CPU usage for simple things like scrolling the music library uses up a whole lot of CPU.
  • 3. iTunes has become the central hub of managing all media on the Mac. But Songbird has absolutely no video support. What this means is, every time you want to watch a movie, TV show or Music video, you need to open up iTunes.

Songbird is a good iTunes Alternative?

  • 1. Songbird a really feature rich panel, displaying different tabs for Artist info, News, and a stunning photo view displaying pictures of the currently playing artist.
  • 2. Songbird has a lot of third party add-ons like lyrics sidebars, Fairplay support, iPod support, different skins, and a whole lot of other interesting functions.
  • 3. Songbird features a basic web browser. You can visit websites, perform searches, and do quick and dirty browsing if you need it.

Songbird Screenshot

Songbird Screenshot

How to use Songbird

  • 1. It's very easy to use Bowtie to manage iPod music. If you have already installed iTunes, plug in your iPod and open iTunes, Select your iPod and then choose the Settings tab. Remove the check from the box labeled Open iTunes when this iPod is attached and place a check in the box labeled Enable disk use .
  • 2. Close iTunes, and install Songbird. During the installation make sure to leave Songbird iPod Device Support checked.

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  • 3. When Songbird launches, if you’ve previously used your iPod with iTunes, it will ask you if you want to change the library over to Songbird. Click Yes. Open the Songbird preferences and select the iPod tab. Decide how you want Songbird to update your iPod (update all songs and playlists, only certain playlists, or manually).

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  • 4. That's all, now you can import songs into your songbird library and transfer the songs to your iPod without iTunes.

Songbird Overview

Songbird is a desktop Web player, a digital jukebox and Web browser mash-up. Like Winamp, it supports extensions and feathers (skins). Like Firefox®, it is built from Mozilla®, cross-platform and open source.

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Songbird System Requirements

- Mac OS X 10.5 or later

- At least 512 MB of physical RAM

- At least 100 MB of available space on your hard drive

- Speakers or headphones

Songbird Review

"Songbird is a good iTunes alternative. It has great features, nice interface, can be customized with plug ins, can be synced with external devices and has watch folders option! what else do you wish for? forget to mention that is free."

Lily from USA

Songbird Review

"Great looking feature set but it crashes after less than a minute on my 2010 Mac Pro running Snow Leopard. If I click on anything after initially starting a ShoutCast stream, it crashes immediately; If I don't click on anything after starting a stream it crashes within about 30 seconds."

Fion from USA