Songbird the Firefox of media players.

Songbird is a free and open source software audio player and web browser founded by Rob Lord and developed by Pioneers of the Inevitable , with a stated mission “to incubate Songbird, the first Web player, to catalyze and champion a diverse, open Media Web.”

Songbird employs Mozilla’s XULRunner platform, and is thus capable of running on Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X, Solaris and Linux. Songbird utilizes the GStreamer media framework.

Songbird come with many integrated services, like :

SHOUTcast Radio where you can Stream music using the integrated SHOUTcast Radio directory.

Discover Flickr photos, YouTube videos, biographies, Google news (and more) for the currently playing artist with mashTape

Listen online radio with

You can always enchance Songrid with with community contributed add-ons.

Features :

-Media Importing / Exporting

-Library Files Organization

-Watch Folders

-Library Management

-Smart Playlists

-Album Artwork

-Media Playback

-Gapless Playback & Replay Gain


Web Browser

Automatic Updates

See more features here

Download and installation

For Ubuntu Hardy/interped/Jaunty :

You can Download the debian package from here

For Fedora / Opensolaris /Gentoo

Download the related package for every of the distributions above from this link

For others linux distributions visit songrid download page


Stream music using the integrated SHOUTcast Radio directory:

Last fm

Links :

  • Marx

    I haven’t tried it recently, but a few months ago I when I did I enjoyed it. I did find there was some bugginess too it and a lot of the plugins weren’t kept up to date. The one thing that I absolutely hated though is that it doesn’t use the native window decorations. It just makes it look out of place on the desktop. There was a plugin for that however, like I said, it wasn’t being kept up to date so it broke the rest of the layout if you used it. I probably should check it out again and see if it’s any better now as it seemed it was very actively being developed.