Here in this article I try reviewing some of the important features of Songbird.
Installing Songbird on Ubuntu
It is relatively simple to install Songbird on Ubuntu , open terminal window(Application -> Accessories -> Terminal) and issue the following command to install Songbird :
sudo dpkg -i songbird_1.0.0-0~getdeb1_i386.deb
Or if you want you can download packages from here.
Songbird is cross-platform media player, and is available for Linux , Windows and Mac OS X owing to it being based on solid Mozilla XUL platform and Gecko Rendering engine. XUL(XUL—eXtensible user-interface language) language allows one to create cross-platform Internet enabled feature rich applications. Mozilla Firefox , arguably one of the most popular open source desktop application is also based on Mozilla XUL Platform. Besides being based on Mozilla XUL, Songbird uses Cross Platform GStreamer framework to play media files. Songbird supports a number of media formats, However on Linux media files support is limited (lacing support for WMA files , AAC Files and DRM protected files) and songbird supports Ogg Vorbis , FLAC and MP3 on Linux.
Songbird features a Simple and Sleek UI interface , which to some extent resembles interface of Apple iTunes.There is uncanny resemblance between Mozilla Firefox and Songbird in terms of functionality, because both of them are based on same Mozilla XUL platform. Like Mozilla Firefox you can open multiple tabs in Songbird, simultaneously browse Internet and manage music inside Songbird using tabs and add different addons/plugins by using add on manager similar to one in Mozilla Firefox.
Like Mozilla Firefox which features a Google Search box at top right of the Window, Songbird features a music search box at the top left corner allowing you to search for a song/media in your local library or Internet if you are connected to the Internet. Songbird's interface is divided into number of different panes , which can be used for different things including adding plugins , managing playlist/library , controling playing of audio files etc. By default Songbird comes with four Intelligent playlists , Highest Rated, Most Played ,Recently added and Recently played.
Songbird can be easily extended adding more functionality by using addons and plugins which can be easily installed, By default Songbird comes with these plugin pre-installed :
Discover Flickr photos, YouTube videos, last.fm biographies, Google news (and more) for the currently playing artist.
Integrated Last.fm support allows you to scrobble, love, and ban your tracks.
Discover upcoming shows in your area based on the artists in your library. Event listings powered by Songkick.
Stream music using the integrated SHOUTcast Radio directory.
—Aaron Boodman, Greasemonkey
Songbird promises to be the Firefox of media players.
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