No More Linux Support For Songbird

Mozilla Songbird

In a surprising turnaround,   Songbird developers Pioneers of The Inevitable (POTI Inc.) announced on their blog that they will no longer be supporting Songbird on Linux platforms. The developers cite their intent to support an increasing number of devices and a focus on narrow set of priorities meant that they would no longer be able to deliver Songbird as an outstanding product on Linux. This, the developers say,   would not be the right thing to do.

As posted on their blog,

Some of you have noticed that the Linux version has fallen behind, leading to some heated, but healthy debate internally about how to prioritize the development hopper. After careful consideration, we’ve come to the painful conclusion that we should discontinue support for the Linux version of Songbird. Some of you may wonder how a company with deep roots in Open Source could drop Linux and we want you to know it isn’t without heartache.
 We have a small engineering team here at Songbird, and, more than ever, must stay very focused on a narrow set of priorities.

The developers state that they will continue to run the build bots and host the Linux builds on the developer wiki. However this seems like a pointless exercise, especially considering that the Linux version will not be tested and is unlikely to pick up any new features.

Songbird is an open source Media Jukebox and media-oriented Web Browser built on Mozilla’s XULRunner framework with an extensively skinnable interface using what Songbird calls as “Feathers” and features add-on support to change the functionality.

I recently started using Songbird on Linux, and found it to be pretty decent. Will you miss Songbird ? Do drop a comment and let us know.

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  • I certainly will not miss it.

  • lololol

    [email protected]

    No ipod support means you failed anyway.
    Releasing builds with features that depend on iTunes was awesome fail.

  • Drac Noc

    People are still using Songbird? Good grief, I can't remember anyone I know ever using that application. Will I miss it? Miss what?

  • Preston Herrmann

    As an avid Linux user, I can say that this is not an app I will miss. Having tried several iterations of Songbird, from beta to actual release, I have never found it's benefits to outweigh its problems. While its plugin features were pretty useful, Songbird was too slow and too unstable on Ubuntu to be worth using. There are too many better music managers, like Rhythmbox and Boxee, for the loss of this program to really matter.

  • gLf

    I suggest you to try MusicBee, it seems interesting. No more songbird for me…