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Songbird Beta 3 for Android now available for download

Songbird, the Mozilla-powered Android media player, has just hit its third beta release. The free application has gotten better and better with each beta release, and now comes packing a few decent features. Apart from a plethora of bug fixes, here are the changes from beta 2: Playlist creation and editing Settings options Set your favorite song as a ringtone Better interaction...

Banshee media player for Windows goes alpha

Banshee has been one of the top Linux media players for ages, and now the venerable audio and video app has officially made its way to Windows. The first alpha release of Banshee for Windows is now available for download, and it's exactly what you would expect: it's very true to the Linux experience, and it's got a few kinks which still need working out before it's ready for prime time on...

XBMC 10.0 released with new add-on system and a ton of improvements

XBMC is a fantastic media center application, and while it works well for dedicated HTPCs, it also plays nice on desktop computers, alongside your other software. But now XBMC has hit the version 10.0 milestone with a plethora of changes and improvements. Here's a small sample of the goodies you can look forward to in 10.0: Add-on support: The biggest change -- add-ons can now be browsed,...

Boxee beta unveiled: Cross-platform media player gets a major facelift

Boxee is a media center application for Mac, Linux and Windows that gives your PC a more TV-like interface for interacting with music, movies and pictures. Of course, that's what Apple Front Row, Windows Media Center, and Linux apps like MythTV do as well, but Boxee has a heavy emphasis on web content and it's kind of like an all-in-one jukebox for internet video, music, and podcasts. Boxee...

Adobe wastes time/money/effort, gives its Media Player old, new content

Adobe just added new video content to its AIR-based Media Player, but it all pretty much sucks in one form or another. The Adobe Media Player is a slick media browser that can play and subscribe to videos from the web, and it also provides somewhat high-resolution content from Adobe's media partners such as MTVN and Comedy Central. Despite the fact that the player is very visually appealing and...

AIMP2 - An alternative media player

Audio players come in all shapes and sizes, from resource hogging beasts such as iTunes and Windows Media Player, to relatively more lightweight competitors such as Winamp, MediaMonkey. And if you happen to have an iPod or some other sort of portable media player, chances are you are sort of locked in to whatever application works best with your portable device. But let's say you don't care about...

Quack Player for Windows: Create video playlists, screen captures

Quack Player for Windows touches down on the already crowded media player battlefield. So what are its weapons? Quack Player claims support for a wide range of codecs and multimedia media file formats, including AVI, WMA, WMV, MPG, MOV, MP3, all the big boys. Quack Player also offers easy playlist building for your supported media files. The interface is clean, with a few buttons for color...

Amarok open source media player adds music store

Beloved Linux media player Amarok made news today to become the first open source player to include an online digital music store. Amarok has struck a deal with Magnatune to offer music store purchases within the player starting with version 1.4.4, just released. The music store features DRM-free downloads and full-length MP3 previews. The new version of Amarok also features over 100 bugfixes and...

Clarification: HD has been stripped from all versions of Vista

Yesterday, Jordan blogged an announcement from Microsoft's Steve Riley that Vista users will need to have 64-bit superpowers if they want the ability to play HD video. It turns out this isn't entirely true, as Engadget is reporting that Microsoft has clarified the complication: 32-bit versions of Vista can play HD - but not without help from third party folk like CyberLink and InterVideo. The...

Video Bug Crushed in Firefox 1.5.0.6 Update

A bug was recently found and squashed by the Mozilla team that infected videos in the Firefox browser. This new bug was found and fixed in less then a week after a security update was made to Firefox. The specific bug prevented the Windows Media Player plug-in from being recognized, thus not allowing videos to be viewed. To update your Firefox to 1.5.0.6, and once again be able to view Windows...

Control iTunes from a mobile device with PlayerPal

So MyTunesRSS lets you use a PSP to listen to your  iTunes music collection, but what if you just want to control the music it's piping through your stereo speakers? PlayerPal is a Windows app that lets you control iTunes or Windows Media player from any web-enabled device. Like other apps of its kind, PlayerPal is basically a mini web server that you can log on to from a web browser and...

Is Windows Media Player 11 an iTunes-killer?

With little fanfare Microsoft released Windows Media Player 11 in beta form last week coupled with Urge, the music service from Microsoft and MTV designed to compete with Apple's iTunes Music Store. WMP11 is a sort of preview of what we can expect to see next year in Windows Vista, and the question that seems to be on everyone's minds is whether Microsoft can finally best Apple's rock-solid player...

Portable VLC and Winamp

Everything's portable! This week saw the release of not one, but two popular Windows media players in portable form. First is Portable VLC from PortableApps.com. Based on the excellent open source media player VLC, I can't imagine a better way to watch videos on the go. Second is Portable Winamp 5.1 Lite with iPod support. The "Lite" means it includes the bare-bones audio player,...