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Songbird 0.7 RC1 is out: Mozilla-based music player is growing up

Songbird 0.7
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.

[via gHacks]

Tags: itunes, media-player, music, opensource, songbird, songbird-0.7, songbird-0.7-rc1

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