First thing, songbird is not yet in the Ubuntu repositories (hopefully this will change for the Jaunty release) - so there are two main ways to install it:
- Download the tarball package, extract it where you want, and symlink to it in your .bashrc (this is they way I did it).
- Download the Songbird deb package from getdeb: here.
- LyricMaster - Fetch lyrics and save them back to the file
- MediaFlow - Like itunes album art preview. Normally, though, I have this disabled because mashtape is much more functional.
- Music Recommendations - Pulls up Last.fm recommendations
- YABS - One KICK ASS skin!! I sort of wish it was the default look of songbird (it makes it look a lot less like an itunes clone).
Pretty freakin sweet if you ask me!
Next I enable Flash and Java for Songbird. Here is how on Ubuntu Intrepid (assuming you already have both installed on your system):
- For Java:
ln -s /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun-188.8.131.52/jre/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so ~/Songbird/plugins/libjavaplugin_oji.so
- For Flash:
ln -s /usr/lib/flashplugin-nonfree/libflashplayer.so ~/Songbird/plugins/libflashplayer.so
There are still a number of features coming down the in the next release (due out Feburary!) that I'm really looking forward to (check out the roadmap):
- Watch folder - so it can automatically keep track of changes in your library (this is my most desired feature)
- Automatically fetch album art
- The ability to rip and burn cds
- Support for video playback
- Support for native look and feel
- Improved dynamic/smart playlists