In the desktop market there are a number of music players available, but it is generally the same names that dominate the headlines. On mobile devices, things are somewhat more fragmented, whatever platform you are interested in. For Android users there is no end of choice, and Songbird is just one of many music players vying for attention. So why is this one any more worthy of your time than the competition?
Of course there is the ability to playback your music collection on your phone or tablet, and it’s great to find that the playback controls are always easily accessible no matter where you are in the app. There is a very nice touch in the form of the Now Playing drawer which slides into view with album art and information and enables you to post music and art details to Facebook and Flickr.
There is a strong social and personal aspect to the app and you can browse through collections of music that your friends are listening to as a means of discovering new bands and artists. If you spot an embarrassing track in your friends’ collection, a commenting system is in place so you can voice your disdain – or you can vocalize your approval of a shared interest.
There’s also support for podcast and video playback and home screen widgets as well as lock screen widgets give you a great deal of flexibility for interacting with the app. If you have an extensive music collection, the easy to use search facility helps you to home in on the tracks you are looking for and the ability to create playlists and even ringtones are nice touches that give this free music app a beautifully polished feel.
Songbird 2.0 new features include:
- New songbird.me section (formerly ‘discover’) is now out of beta
- Completely new lighter skin matches the Songbird.me web app and updated desktop skin
- Bug fixes
- Stability improvements