First look: Songbird 0.6 open source media player

The open source Songbird music player took a big step forward on Friday with the official release of version 0.6, which significantly improves performance, augments support for media player devices, and reduces the program's memory footprint. Another noteworthy new feature is support for editing music metadata.

We tested Songbird 0.6 on Ubuntu 8.04 to see how it compares to other open source media players. Although we encountered some bugs during our testing, the overall Songbird experience proved compelling. It has some unique features and offers a very high level of extensibility.