Songbird Coming to Linux and Mac

songbird shot

I’ve been spying on the Songbird Nest with my Binos for a while now.

Not only do they have an improved proof-of-concept release (0.1.1b), but the chaps over there have been hiring and are getting pretty close to a 0.2 release.

This one is going to not only be a windows release but they have got Mac and Linux verison’s bundled in as well, and hopefully CD ripping and burning too along with all these other things:

  • Mac & Linux binary installers
  • Public build & source control system
  • Folder cleanup and jar encapsulation
  • Rudimentary update system
  • Multicore playback API (WMP/VLC/???)
  • Centralized metadata reading
  • Cheezy Video Window
  • Beginning Service API integration
    • Early RDF API for service tree nodes
    • Service tree xbl encapsulation
    • Early extensions system on Songbird website

They have been busy, with 0.2 there should be some limited functionality for extensions and plugins, which work very much like the firefox ones. Before long we’ll be able to connect this little beauty to every single MP3 player around including iPods!

That is what is going to push Songbird to the front and create a true Media player worthy of the title, brother of Firefox.

songbird nest
It looks like a pretty funky place to work as well. I’m getting myself a t-shirt next week.

Expect the 0.2 release within a few weeks, Songbirds gunna rock!

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103 Responses to “Songbird Coming to Linux and Mac”

  1. Pretty cool post and announcement there atariboy…this is the first time I have had a good look at this songbird…I have heard good things about it :)

  2. I have used Songbird briefly on Windows before, but definately looking forward to the Mac release. And good thing that it will support all MP3 players, thinking of not getting an iPod next time :O, maybe switch back to a Sony Walkman.

  3. I think I’m going to get a T-shirt too!
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  4. […] read more | digg story […]

  5. […] Wie GeekLimit.com berichtet, wird die OpenSource-Kopie von iTunes – «Songbird» – in der kommenden Version 0.2 nicht nur mehr nur für Windows verfügbar sein, sondern kommt nun neu auch mit Mac- und Linux-Binaries. Es läuft also bald auch auf richtigen Maschinen. […]

  6. […] The upcoming Songbird Media player 0.2 with have both Linux and Mac Binaries, as well as a number of other improvements in this “Open-Source iTunes”read more | digg story   […]

  7. actually, we probably won’t have Ripping and Burning support, dunno where you got that idea.

    we have hit a serious mozilla bug that’s tossed our schedule into a black hole, but we’re almost done with that. first availability for osx and linux will likely be source code to be compiled.

    however, in the extra time, we are going to try to get some kind of rudimentary USB device support working.

  8. Hey mig, thanks for your comment, always good to hear from a developer, i think i got the impression that CD stuff was coming soon due to the fact that you are hiring specific Mac and Linux guys for exactly that purpose, to deal with the hardware differences in each OS, still I cant wait for the next version, expect a full review here as soon as its finished.

    But dont rush it, I can wait, its going to be sweet when it finally comes.

  9. […] Sector: online musice Headquarters: San Francisco, CA Management: Rob Lord and Babak Nivi Secret Sauce: Mozilla! Web player built from Firefox’s browser engine. Songbird is open-source, will run on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux and supports user contributed, cross-platform extensions. Songbird released in Feb and so many people tried to download it, that servers crashed. It has a long way to go before it can truly be a competitor, but there are big plans in the works. At this moment only available for Windows, Mac and Linux is coming. Songbird does not have compatability with any devices that play music, and especially not the iPod. Founders said the goal is for the browser to work with any file format, protectionary software, or portable device. The application will eventually be able to act as a download manager for online music stores such as eMusic, Beatport and Real’s Rhapsody, be able to synchronize files with portable devices, and play most, if not all, of the music file formats out there. Seen and Heard: An great article here, but looks like GeekLimit has the latest news. […]

  10. any word on the release for mac and linux?

  11. Almost checking every day – when will there be a Linux version available?

  12. […] Some of you may remember when I got a blog post I did on Geeklimit about it that made it’s way to the front page of digg and got some great press for the songbird guys. It’s already awesome, just think what it will be like when it reaches 1.0 […]

  13. Hi!
    Nice info, big thx.

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