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Songbird 1.2.0 - 10-band Equalizer Now Included

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It's been a while since I had a look at Songbird, and that was when 1.0 came out. The new release was put out a little earlier this month and comes with a brand new equalizer, a new mode to auto-organise media files included in the collection and Last.fm radio integration.

However, the most awaited feature is probably the 10-band equalizer and it is available using the Controls -> Equalizer menu option (or Ctrl+E). Here's how it looks:

As you can see, unfortunately there are no default presets available, but maybe the next version will include some.

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Atunes kicks Songbirds butt.

Atunes kicks Songbirds butt.

re: Atunes kicks Songbirds butt.

poodles wrote:
Atunes kicks Songbirds butt.

I guess this is a "to each his own" or ymmv matter... I love that aTunes is cross-platform, distro/desktop-neutral, easy to install, etc. However, the last time I tried it, I didn't like it that much. I like the current Songbird (1.2.0) much better. Since it's been a few months and I know aTunes is rapidly evolving, I'll try to get back and check out a recent version sometime soon. Until then, Songbird is my player of choice...

Songbird

I have been using Songbird a lot, lately - both on Windows and Linux. I like it a lot. It is a nice player/organizer. The feature I like best is that it is extensible in much the same way that Firefox is. Plugins are springing up at a rapid pace. If Firefox is any indicator, expect the numbers of plugins and extensions to grow at an exponential pace.

It all comes down to HOW you

It all comes down to HOW you prefer to play your music. The are two main layouts.

Group 1 - Amarok, aTunes, Exaile, Decibel, Minkrok all use a playlist metaphor. One window has your library and another the playlist. You double click or drag and drop from one to the other.

Group 2 - Rhythmbox, Songbird, Banshee uses an artist -> album -> song -> play layout. Playlists are created separately. I think iTunes also works like that, but I have never used it.

Which style you prefer says a lot about how you play your music. Kinda like singles vs albums.

I like Decibel, hardly any overhead and I set it playing and put it on the bar. My 14 year old likes Amarok for the lyrics window so she can learn the words as she listens.

I do like aTunes with the exception of an awful implementation of double clicking that does not work for me.

GregE
Melbourne, Australia

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