- Why Change Media Players?
Songbird is a cross-platform music player based on Mozilla code. It lets you play, manage, and discover music. You can customize its appearance with skins, and create dynamic playlists that automatically update based on criteria you set.
Songbird shines at the tasks of music organization and music discovery. In many ways, it is designed to not only play the media files you have on your computer, but also to provide a means to discover and download new music in a seamless interface. For music archiving nerds, Songbird has one of the most complete info-finding engines, so it will fill in missing album or track info, find the album art, and in many cases, even find lyrics. It also manages subscriptions to internet radio and podcasts as well as handles video player needs.
Since much of the functionality is found in customizable add-ons, there is a deep library of extensions, some of which have fallen out of date with the most recent version of Songbird. On some machines, Songbird required more system resources than we would have liked, causing some lag in process speed for other tasks running at the same time. Also, since much of the focus of Songbird is on music discovery and archiving, the video playback occasionally left something to be desired.
For music lovers, or people looking to manage large music archives, Songbird is a dream come true. The music discovery and recommendation engines are a cut above the rest, and the album info finder is usually incredibly reliable. So if music is your number one interest for a media player, this could be right up your alley. However, if you are more interested in video playing, especially if you’re planning to use your computer as a media center for your home, there are some other options that might be more attractive to everyday users.
Pros: a means to discover and download new music in a seamless interface
Cons: requires more system resources