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By: Gonzalo

Fri, 02 Nov 2007 13:08:21 +0000

I've been using songbird for some time now and I quite like it. This pre-release, however, seems much more unstable on my system than previous releases. I know it's a pre-release, and I hope the release will be back to previous levels of stability. right now it's just crashing (on Windows XP) whenever I try to access the library (and in some other various circumstances too).

By: Rob Lord

Fri, 02 Nov 2007 01:49:08 +0000

Hi all, Thanks for the coverage Ajaxian and Pathfinder! Regarding Songbird development pace, the Songbird team is now 20+ full-time devs and and 1,800 registered community devs and testers so pace has ramped up considerably and will be much more evident now. Look for another release in December. =) Regarding low version number, please don't read too much into it. Most of the work remaining for the core team is feature parity and polish vis-a-vis modern players (e.g., iTunes, Winamp, etc.). We're targeting a mid-2008 release for Songbird 1.0. That is to say, the Songbird platform, specifically the Webpage API, is ready for Ajax-driven innovation now. The most compelling user utility and experiences will undoubtedly come from the Ajax community's digital media services and player-Web mash-ups. One 'bird dev here @ Pioneers of the Inevitable ported Greasemonkey to Songbird in a few a hours. Another 'bird dev then wrote a GM script that added an Amazon MP3 store buy button to the Web Playlist of any music blog. Indie MP3 music store and music blog aggregator The Hype Machine have already built simple, integrated player-Web user experiences using Songbird's Webpage API. See the Songbird Developer Center for Getting Started guides, example code and tech specs. We'd *Webpage API. Play the Web! Rob Lord

By: KenLin

Fri, 02 Nov 2007 00:28:28 +0000

I have been looking forward to new versions of songbird, but it's memory footprint keeps me away. Running it on windows, it uses over 80MB doing nothing at all. Much more than even itunes.

By: Leo Lipelis

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 21:18:23 +0000

It's a great project. The only reason, IMO, why it's not more popular is the low version number and the slow (perceived) pace of development. It took forever to go from 0.2 to 0.3. By the time it hits 1.0 maybe the whole portable music craze will die out and be replaced by something even better.

By: Michael

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 20:39:03 +0000

Thanks for posting this. More people definitely need to know about this project.