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Apple has a trend set with the introduction of the program iTunes for the way in which digital music and video managed and played. However, there is some ease-of-use much on iTunes. That is for many people a reason to look further for better software.

When you're looking for an open source alternative than you can, for example, the software of Songbird a try. On this page you will find more information about this combination of a media player and a web browser.

UPDATE: due to financial problems, the developers in 2013, unfortunately, stopped the development of this project. The website of this service is also offline.

Songbird is an open source media player for desktop and mobile. Different music sites and communities such as and HypeMachine are integrated in this media player.

The desktop version of Songbird is developed from the Mozilla platform, just like the popular internet browser Firefox. The objective of the programme is for the conventions that exist around the discovery, purchase, consumption and organization of music on the internet, to address. Songbird is ahead of the competition with the software of iTunes.

By an additional plugin to install is it also possible to rip CDS. Created playlists can be automatically synced with an Android smartphone or an MP3 player. The program also makes it possible to use external data to each artist in the playlist to link. Examples are Flickr photos, YouTube videos, lyrics and blogs.

The program is suitable not only for playing music, but also for the display of some formats video.

Songbird desktop is suitable for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS.

Via the social music service can users of Songbird new music and favorite music of friends discover. For this service you must log in with your Facebook account.

Songbird has the following characteristics:

  • playback of various music formats such as MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, Flac and Windows Media Audio,
  • can Windows Media DRM audio playback,
  • appearance of the media player / browser is to adapt,
  • built-in RSS reader , and MP3 download feature,
  • bookmark function,
  • add metadata, and change,
  • scan the whole computer and place all music in a local library,
  • music on your computer, smartphone, and MP3 player, sync,
  • the photos on your computer, smartphone, and MP3 player, sync,
  • streaming audio and internet radio playback,
  • files to SD-cards or write down from a SD card on the computer,
  • appearance and ease of use similar to iTunes,
  • available for Windows, Mac OS X and Android,
  • own marketplace called Songbird Nest for the download of add-ons,
  • in the English translation,
  • new music and favorite music of friends discover via

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You can free download Songbird and safe install the latest trial or new full version for Windows 10 (x32, 64 bit, 86) from the official site.

Devices: Desktop PC, Laptop (ASUS, HP, DELL, Acer, Lenovo, MSI), Ultrabook

OS: Professional, Enterprise, Education, Home Edition, versions: 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809 - Overview features and capabilities software, apps for Windows 10
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