Songbird – Music To My Ears

14 07 2007

I have recently just purchased a new Macbook. I have lost some friends in the switch, and will be forcing myself to try out OS X for a month so I can learn the system before I load up Ubuntu. Music is always a high priority for me, and iTunes’DRM-infested software just wasn’t going to cut it for me. I’ve dabbled with Songbird in the past when it was a very early beta but there have been lots of improvements since.

 

Songbird is the Firefox of media players. It runs on Mozilla’s platform so you can use it on any operating system, and allows extensions a la Firefox. Not to mention its also developed by the same boys who brought you the good ol’ Winamp. One of the features that sets Songbird apart from the rest is that it can detect songs on web-pages like MySpace and play the file like an mp3 that is local – so you can skip over it at your leisure. This makes listening to music on the web VERY powerful.

If you want to check out a hassle-free media player I suggest this because it can index your entire library, help you find new music, and of course as always is free like the air we breathe. Songbird is still a developers beta, but it is very stable, and very usable. The term “beta” is somewhat obsolete these days with Google keeping GMail in beta for what – a year? 😉





Yes.com – Never Guess That Song Again

12 06 2007

I love all of these new Web 2.0 startups. They make my life easier on a daily basis. Have you ever had an experience where you were driving home from school, or from work and you hear this great song but you don’t know who it is? Yes. Radio DJ’s don’t really tell you what tracks they are spinning, but with Yes.com you can look up ANY radio station in the United States and get their entire playlist. Not only this, in traditional web 2.0 fashion you can even watch a YouTube video of the song as well. Next time you hear that Pearl Jam-esque band only to realize its a post-grunge knock-off, give Yes.com a tout.





Listen – The GNOME Amarok

11 06 2007

I recently discovered Listen, a GNOME music manager that outclasses Rhythmbox which comes standard in Ubuntu. I like Listen because it is very similar to Amarok but without the KDE. I can browse lyrics, get album art, and even get suggestions from Audioscrobbler. Oh yeah, it organizes my music too =).

 

Listen is available in the universe. Load up your terminal and enter:

“sudo apt-get install listen”