Linked by Kroc Camen on Sat 3rd Apr 2010 20:18 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source It's a simple equation. Results = Developers x Time; and for Songbird, it's not working out. Yesterday, they announced they will drop Linux support in favour of Windows, Mac and to meet plans to include video features in the next release. The comments are intensely angry, as you can imagine. An untested Linux version will be kept around "for use by our Songbird engineers who develop on the Linux platform".
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RE: Video support?
by toast88 on Sun 4th Apr 2010 02:13 UTC in reply to "Video support?"
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This is something I've never understood: sooner or later people start cramming all kinds of new stuff in what was supposed to be a MUSIC player. Well, I guess I don't belong in the target audience then as I use a separate video player for playing videos.

Yeah, same here. I mean, it's supposed to be an AUDIO player that means it usually runs in the background and I won't see any of it while working on other things. I only listen to music on my computer when actually working on something or surfing the web. For anything else there are portable music players and a decent stereo.

I'd love to switch to some other player than Songbird, but I just don't seem to be able to find anything suitable. I hate Winamp and all those that try to look like it, I just the Songbird/iTunes-like interface, but it seems all of those are either really buggy or really slow.. Would be awesome if there was a music player that just concentrated on exactly that: music playing, and was fast and light on resources.

Well, ever since Spotify has emerged I rarely ever touch my 150GBs of MP3s (if it really happens that I listen to my MP3s, I just run mplayer from a terminal, that's just enough ;) ). It's neat and fast and just does one thing, playing music. And it runs absolutely smoothly on wine and I even pay the 10 bucks per month for the premium account. And there are even open source clients available which use libspotify.

So, seriously. This story with Songbird is a bit sad, but I never used it anyway. It was just way too bloated and AFAIK never made it into any package repository of the Linux distros. The problem with Songbird was that it uses a heavily modified libxulrunner with only a few patches making their way back upstream. I don't think it would ever have made it into Debian or Fedora unless they would have fixed that.


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