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song birdSome time back I wrote about songbird. The Mozilla media player. I also briefly mentioned the ability to add extensions just like Firefox. Well as it turns out I have been addicted to the player and have already compiled a list of my favorite extensions for Songbird.

 

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1. AlbumApplet

The album applet allows you to browse your songs library by means of album art. Its similar to the Cover Flow animation of iTunes and iPod Touch fame. Don’t have album art for all of your albums? No problems the extension will get it for you and then save the requried information along with your media!
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2. MinimizeToTray

Minimizes Songbird into the system tray. It also displays a notification when a new song is played. Like it very very much. Its a port of the MinimizeToTray extension for Firefox and Thunder bird. Linux users can try the FireTray extension.
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3. Attack of the Clones

This extension adds another media flow to songbird that displays duplicate files in your media library, that way you can find them and remove them to reclaim some disk space. You can also click the “Kill the Clones!” button to indiscriminately delete the duplicates.
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4. GhostBusters

Actually a follow up of the above extension that displays broken or non existent tracks in your library. Again a good one for media management.
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5. Now Playing List

This addon adds a now playing list that gives you the ability to add songs to the queue. A good one for those with large libraries and those who hate to make playlists like me!
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6. YouPlayer

This is an addon for those of you who like to watch videos on video websites like YouTube. The extension opens up a nice window where you can watch and download videos from the web. You can drag a link to a browser window or right-click it and open in a new tab. You can add/drag other links, thus the playlist will work as a bookmarker.
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7. Metrics Media Page

It allows you to visualize your library. You can see your collection in living colour. Graph different properties on pie and bar charts to discover the anatomy of your collection. See how long a playlist is, or how much disk space it takes up. Look at how your music collection has developed over time.Get It!

8. Background

This will allow you to change songbird’s background with an image or a color and make other changes to UI elements. Looks very cool. You can use any image to style up your bird!
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9. BirdTitle

This extension allows you to change Songbird’s window title to whatever you want, such as the current song being played, make track information scroll on your taskbar and act as a track change notifier.
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10. Flickr Extension

This addon displays a slideshow of pictures related to the media you are playing. Nice if you don’t have anything else to do while listening songs!
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What are your favorite songbird extension? or feathers? What features would you like to see?

 

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Almost everyone who uses computers, listens to music at one moment or the other. The ones who listen to music often are generally confused about which is the best player for audio files. I myself have tried atleast 5 of them in the past year or so ( and this by no means the maximum number you can achieve!). Today I noticed that the quest has somewhat lost momentum not because of my diminishing interests in Music but due the wonderful solution I found that fits in perfectly to all my needs.

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Quickly which player is this?

I am talking about Songbird. Heard of it? Already using it? No? Lets have a look at what Songbird has to offer and then decide whether you like it or not!

  • First things first, what you will notice at the first glance is that Songbird interface is very similar to iTunes interface ( some inspiration. ha?)
  • Digging in a little deeper you come to know that Songbird is actually based on Mozilla technology. Its open source (another reason I love it), and both the desktop as well as the web APIs are available to the developers. But what does this mean if you are not a developer. In means that in near future you will see a lot of customizations and addons for Songbird
  • Songbird supports addons just like firefox. Some have gone so far as to call it the "Firefox of media players". Till date there are 170+ addons which are only going to skyrocket in future.
  • Songbird allows you to browse the web as you are listening to music. All this can be performed in a separate tab. Yes it supports tabs also!
  • You can download music from iTunes, Amazon Mp3 and eMusic.
  • It offers different views of your media. If you are like me and hate the spreadsheet like look of your media library then this feature is for you.
  • Skinning support
  • Play count and skip tracking.
  • Supports your iPod and other portable players
  • You can listen to music, enjoy web media, manage your downloads, view history, catch podcasts everything from a single window
  • Songbird is available in 40+ languages
  • Supports a variety of formats: MP3, AAC, OGG, FLAC, WMA and many more.
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Installing Addons – FF like!

Songbird already has 1M + installations and these are growing fast. Many Electronic and media content providers are targeting songbird for their digital media services.

Lets leave you with a quote from the songbird site:

Play music. Play the Web.

Songbird is a desktop media player mashed-up with the Web. Songbird is committed to playing the music you want, from the sites you want, on the devices you want, challenging the conventions of discovery, purchase, consumption and organization of music on the Internet.

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Songbird screen shots

Cool ha? What do you think? Do you like some other player that you would like to share with us?


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