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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Thank you, I think this is a very valid criticism.

In trying to slim down the review I left out a screenshot of this very feature. Indeed it does blend websites and player together in a much more natural and easy way.

I avoided going into it in detail because I was disappointing that despite this feature, there was no podcasting built in.

If anything, I'm one of the worse people to review something like Songbird. I don't use many web services until long after everybody else has discovered the privacy concerns. I don't use, I've never in my life heard of Skreemr until I used Songbird - (and personally would have avoided links to such a site based entirely on the terrible name).

I am much more conservative about what I let the web do for me, than I do for it.

That said, I wanted to do this review because everything I had read so far from other sites regarding the Songbird release kind of felt empty and too much like a lengthy announcement than any critique. Ars Technica, who I had hoped would give it a thorough addressing failed to grill the software beyond acknowledging its existence and reading the spec sheet. Any complaints they had were forgiven in the wake of being indifferent about the whole thing.

Open source should not be given a free-ride - journalism / critique wise - just because it doesn’t have the same funding or whatever. Software is software and it either serves its users or it does not. It is down to spirit. I would have even harsher criticisms if I were reviewing Windows Media Player 11 - Songbird got off *very* lightly from me ;)

edit: wide -> wise

Edited 2008-12-04 21:58 UTC

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