When it comes to audio players, most people choose between the three or four most popular apps: iTunes, Winamp, VLC, AIMP Player… but there are many other interesting choices like Songbird.
Songbird is an open-source music player and organizer with which you can manage, play and discover music. It's free, cross-platform, highly customizable thanks to a wide variety of plug-ins and can be improved and extended by the contribution of its user community.
The first thing you'll notice about Songbird is its resemblance to the iTunes interface, which means that if you've ever used iTunes you won't have any problem in learning how to use Songbird. Then, as you explore the program's menus and options, you'll start discovering all the goodies it has to offer.
Songbird automatically imports your music files from a selected folder, monitors that folder for future music additions, organizes your music in a handy, easily browsable catalog, is compatible with iTunes and Last.fm libraries, can be controlled from any other app thanks to global hotkeys and also supports Last.fm scrobbling. It also includes album art and a simple equalizer.
Songbird is such a complete tool that's hard to find negative sides to it. Plus there's an army of developers constantly working on improvements and new features. The only thing I missed so far, in fact, is support for podcasts – which I'm sure will probably be added some time soon.
Songbird is a complete, full-featured music player and organizer with support for plug-ins and an extensive user community.
- NEW FEATURES AND IMPROVEMENTS
- Playlist and track sync with Android devices has been improved.
- Added official support for Google/Samsung Nexus S, Samsung Galaxy SII, HTC Evo 3D, and Galaxy Nexus.
- The issue with WMA tracks not being playable after updating to 1.10.1 should be resolved.
- When creating a Smart Playlist with the criteria of "Playlist is Library", Songbird no longer crashes.
- KNOWN BUGS/ISSUES IN 1.10.2
- Songbird may crash while mounting a device. ( bug 22960)
- The blue dots that indicate tracks on a device that are not yet in the main library may not display until the line is hovered over. ( bug 23711)
- Video recordings transferred from devices may have a generic name and metadata inside Songbird. ( bug 23826)
- Removable storage in phones (mostly Samsungs) is not always detected if the phone is connected while Songbird is running. ( bug 25336)
- For more details, see full changelog