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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Nice job so far
by kvarbanov on Mon 8th Dec 2008 09:25 UTC
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Despite the issues that I'll describe later, Songbird's developers have done really nice job, especially the default Mac-like interface look-and-feel. Pros - many features in one windows - lyrics, band info, upcoming events, tickets, etc. Good. The mini player - beautiful feature. Add-ons - good, very nice, although most of them are very useless.
Cons - terrible performance on Linux, on a pretty powerful machine with OpenSuSE 11.0, KDE 3.5.9. Installation needs improvement, printing debug info in the terminal isn't useful for me ;) it's eating a lot of resources - almost 30-40 % of the CPU, I don't care about the RAM, as I have 3 GB. Startup time - very slow. Switching windows and opening some menus and preferences - really slow. Moving the main window around - very slow. Overall performance - very bad. Amarok beats it here, with lot.
Usability - this is what I can't bear - I want to queue a file - I can't just click on it, and enqueue it. I have to create playlist. Mmmm, no thanks. I want to get rid of all windows or some of them - I can't. I just don't want this info or empty field standing there. I can't customize shortcuts - biggest downside. I can't control songs with shortcuts outside of the window - reference - amarok can do "Win+B" for the next song, Win+C to pause it, while you're browsing in Firefox, can low down the volume, so that you can hear yourself thinking, etc.
Needs improvements, good job though. I will stay with amarok for the next releases, or at least until those features aren't included. I don't want to change my habits.

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