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Songbird 0.4 developer preview released

SongbirdYesterday, the Songbird team released version 0.4 of their Mozilla based music application. We took a quick look at it, and were pleased with what we found.

While at first glance Songbird may seem like an iTunes clone, it is actually much more than that. It's sort of what iTunes might have been were Apple not an evil Monolithic corporation. It serves as an open platform that allows any content provider to integrate their stores, podcasts, communities, or whatever else they can dream of into the program's interface.

Although is is still in Alpha status, this developer preview boasts many new features, including "display panes", enhanced iPod support, and much more. It is certainly one of the better jukebox type applications for Linux, and we were delighted to see it integrate the 22 Gigabytes of music on our test machine almost instantly with no hiccups. This is less than we can say about the more sluggish Banshee.

Preview builds of Songbird are available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Tags: firefox, iPod, iTunes, Mozilla, opensource, Songbird