Mar 282009

Songbird is a free opensource Music player for Linux, Windows and Mac OS Platforms. Songbird provides a public playground for Web media mash-ups by providing developers with both desktop and Web APIs, developer resources and fostering Open Web media standards. The last time we wrote about Songbird here in September was when it was in beta and since then Songbird has grown from strength to strength and is a stable release (1.1.1) with x86 and x64 support.

The feature list has grown bigger as well with the following new features

With integrated services like 7digital Music Store to buy MP3s, mashTape to discover Flickr photos, YouTube videos, biographies, Google news (and more) for the currently playing artist joining along with, Concer tickets and SHOUTcast Radio

Import media from local system or from iPod

Gapless Playback & Replay Gain – Skips padding data due to encoding and chains files for gapless playback experience

Album Artwork – Display the currently playing track’s album art and write new artwork back to the file.

Library management to browser organize, sort and search your media

Integrated Web browser with features like bookmarking, tabbed browsing

Multi-Language support with over 25 languages

Automatic Updates

Install Songbird 1.1.1

Again, a big change from last time is one openSUSE user would love. Yes, we now a 1-click installer supporting openSUSE 11.1/11.0/10.3 hosted at Packman. To install Songbird, click this 1-click installer

This should download the YMP file and automatically launch the YaST package manager to add the required Repositories and download and install Songbird and the dependencies. Click next on the Songbird installation screen and Next again on the installation proposal window. This should start adding the required repositories, download and install Songbird and its required dependencies. Click Finish when the installation completes successfully.

If gst-fluendo-mp3 package is installed on your system you may end up with the following error message during the installation. requires gstreamer-0_10-fluendo-mp3, but this requirement cannot be provided
uninstallable providers:[Packman Repository]

To resolve the problem, cancel the installation and launch YaST seperately, to select to uninstall gst-fluendo-mp3 and install gstreamer-0_10-fluendo-mp3. This should fix the dependency issue and you can start again with the 1-click install and go through with a clean installation.

Once installed, Songbird should be found under Applications – Multimedia – Audio Player.

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For a quick start with media from your system, click “File – Scan Media” and choose the directory where you have your audio files.
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Click Edit – Preferences to modify the default settings including settings like Security, Network,  privacy etc.
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Installing addons is very easy, click the Songbird Add-ons tab and choose from the list of available add-ons. Click the Install button to install the addon. You may need to restart Songbird for the add-on to take effect.
For more information and download, click here to visit the project homepage.