Songbird, the music player built on Mozilla is inching a bit closer towards a 1.0 release. Last night the developers pushed Songbird 0.7 Release Candidate 1
out of the nest, and it includes a whole slew of updates including improved memory usage, UI refinements, and a new setup assistant that makes it easy to import media libraries and configure Songbird to work with an iPod or other portable media player.
Here are a few more of the changes:
- Support for iTunes-like smart playlists
- Optional concert calendar displays upcoming shows in your area based on the artists in your music library
- Last.fm support allows you to scrobble tracks
- Now uses GStreamer as the media core
- Faster metadata scanning
If you haven't used Songbird before, here are a few others reasons you might want to check it out. First, it's kind of like having a cross-platform version of iTunes that runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux but also supports multiple tabs. Second, you can use Songbird as a web browser and when you visit pages with links to MP3 files like The Hype Machine
, Songbird will automatically detect the music files and bring up links for you to play those tracks.
The latest version seems much faster and more stable than earlier versions.