Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 4th Dec 2008 18:20 UTC
Editorial Songbird is a new open-source music player that has this week landed at 1.0. Songbird is described as a "web player"- a music player for this modern, connected era. It blends the web-rendering core of Firefox (Gecko), with the media capabilities of GStreamer- a cross-platform, open-source media playback engine.
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by MechaShiva on Thu 4th Dec 2008 18:51 UTC
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I've been using Songbird on and off throughout most of it's dev cycle and I have to say, they've done a really nice job. With the .7 series, it became my default media player on Windows.

For me, there's really one thing a media player needs to do before I even consider the other things it can do: navigate my existing music collection without choking or lagging. I have an exceptionally large music collection and it drives me nuts when the interface lags when I try to scroll through the artists or songs or whatever. With the 1.0 RCs and final, they seem to have done a pretty good job keeping the interface responsive as it scrolls through some rather long lists. After that, all the other fancy addons and services they link to are just gravy.

So, congrats to the Songbird devs for a job well done and congrats to the users who now have a pretty kick ass and cross platform media manager.

Edited 2008-12-04 18:53 UTC

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