Songbird – Proof of Concept
A wee while ago, I posted that the Songbird project had kicked off. The aim was to build an app based on Firefox that would run on Windows, Macs and Linux. At the time I posted, they only had the Windows version.
I am happy to say that they are closer to fulfilling their aims. I am currently running one of their nightly builds (Songbird not-yet-ready-to-be-called-0.2) on Ubuntu Dapper Drake. And it looks pretty good. In fact, right now I am using it to play some music I had ripped to my hard disk.
Because this is based on Firefox, the install is easy – untar the tarball and run ./Songbird. Easy peasy. Songbird is all black, I would imagine that this would be changeable – it’s Firefox at it’s base after all – which means it doesn’t look great on my laptop. However, that’s a minor niggle because the application itself runs great. Actually, while I wrote that, I did a small amount of exploring and there’s a fix for it inbuilt! Go to File–>Feathers and change from RubberDucky to Dove. And lo, it’s white.
As you can see, it’s a good looking piece of software. If you are looking for a media player that also streams from the net natively with little fiddling, is open source and has no dependencies and works on Windows, Mac and Linux, I would say that you could do worse than install Songbird.