Songbird – Open-Source “iTunes “

by Keith


If users find downloading Apple’s iTunes too much of a hassle, now what we have here is an Open-Source “iTunes”-look alike. Songbird is basically a Web player built from Firefox’s browser engine. As it is an open source, Songbird will run on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Furthermore, it supports user contributed, cross-platform extensions as well. But rather than hooking into one online music source (Apple’s iTunes Music Store), Songbird aims to talk to lot more others.

Previewing the Songbird is a little shaky at first, starting with the download from the website, taking a considerable amount of “effort”, seemly that the download traffic must have been quite congested. Somehow I felt that the program was a little buggy, as if there are some documentation which I could not run.

Nonetheless, as this is a still a Beta (Preview) product, yet to be finished, it’ll be interesting to see how it develops further down the road. Meanwhile users can download it from the website at, or at its mirror site.

3 reviews or comments

Pope Zaphod Says: February 9, 2006 at 4:27 pm

There’s only a Windows “proof of concept” version available at the moment.

Keith Says: February 10, 2006 at 1:45 am

Well, for building the source code, there is only Windows “proof of concept”. In addition, there is also Windows executable file which you can download from the link, if you don’t like to build from source.

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