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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Songbird spreads its wings

Mozilla do music!

This new media-player is at a very early stage in development (0.2), but I'm going to keep an eye on it. As with all other Mozilla developments, it's open-source, which means it's free!

It has all you would expect from a good media player, namely complete media file support: MP3, AAC, OGG, FLAC, WMA, and more.

However, it's big thing that might set it aside from other media players is the way it goes about integrating web browsing and 'subscribing' to digital music blogs/sites/etc. Basically it is a web-browser that automatically finds music on pages that you visit. You can subscribe to these pages and you get an automatic update whenever new music is put up on the site.

I am still wary of any of the 'media library' functions of any mp3 player I have come across. Having a large collection means that inevitably files are incorrectly tagged.. maybe they'll integrate something to correct mistakes in tagging. Or maybe someone will build an extension - this is the real beauty of the Mozilla projects, allowing people to expand the functionality by building extensions.

It will be interesting to watch it develop. Certainly, other Mozilla developments have been very interesting and have completely converted me, Firefox and Thunderbird, so keep an eye on this one.

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