Songbird is an open source media player that allows you to play music, watch video and surf the Web at the same time. Built with codes from Firefox and VLC, Songbird inherits the features of the two most powerful open source applications, thus making it one of the best desktop media player around
The most noticeable advantage of Songbird over other desktop media player is that it supports almost all the media formats and devices (including iPod) and it is fully customizable. With the same add-ons capability as Firefox, you can install extensions in Songbird to improve its functionality and change the themes/skins to your liking. Some of the useful extensions include Media Flow, iPod Device Support, Last.fm and CoverFetcher.
Install Songbird on Ubuntu
Before getdeb.net comes out with the latest version of Songbird deb file, the following is so far the easiest way to get Songbird running on Ubuntu.
1) Go to http://www.getsongbird.com and download Songbird to your home folder.
2) Using the Archive Manager, extract the Songbird folder to your home folder.
3) Open the Songbird folder and double click on the songbird file to execute the application.
If you want to create a shortcut on your Application menu, right-click on the Applications menu and select ‘Edit Menus‘
On the left pane, select Sound & Video.
On the right pane, click on the ‘New Item‘.
Fill in the field with as the same as the images below (remember to change the damien to your own username)
Click on the icon button and navigate to the path /home/yourusername/Songbird/chrome/icons/default. You should see the icon of Songbird. Select it and press OK twice.
You should now see the Songbird entry on your Application -> Sound & Video -> Songbird.
Update: GetDeb.net is no longer available. This way of installing Songbird is no longer valid.
A much easier method of installing Songbird
If you find that the above method is not simple enough and you don’t mind using an older version of Songbird, you can:
Download Songbird 0.6.1 to your home folder.
Double click the downloaded .deb file to install the Songbird.
Once installed, you can open Songbird via Applications->Sound & Video -> Songbird.