Install Songbird and Play your Music

Songbird plays the Media Web. Play MP3s without leaving the page. Songbird views Web pages as dynamic playlists to play, save, download or subscribe to.

Songbird plays your music too with all the features you’d expect in a desktop media player. Like Firefox, Songbird’s features may be improved with user installed and contributed cross-platform extensions.

Soon, Web page authors will be able to publish playlists and transfer MP3s into Songbird to build digital music stores like eMusic, music subscription services like Yahoo! Music Unlimited, virtual jamming services like Ninjam, playlist sharing services like WebJay and more.

Now we will see how to install in debian Machine.

Download songbird form here

Once you download the songbird you can see this file Songbird_0_2_RC2_linux-i686.tar.gz now you can move this to /usr/local/sbin using the following command

#mv Songbird_0_2_RC2_linux-i686.tar.gz /usr/local/sbin/

Now you need to extract this file using the following command

/usr/local/sbin#tar xzvf Songbird_0_2_RC2_linux-i686.tar.gz

Now you should see Songbird_20061003 directory and now you can move this to songbird directory for easy identification

#mv Songbird_20061003 songbird

Now you need to change owner permissions on sonbird directory using the following command if you want to run as perticular user

#chown -R ruchi:ruchi songbird

You can replace the debian with the name of the user you want to run.

Now go in to the songbird directory and run songbird using the following commands

#cd songbird

Now you are in /usr/local/sbin/songbird directory


This will open songbird application.

Now you need to add this to application menu for this you need to download songbird image from here under buttons section once you download that you need to name it as songbird.png (you can rename any of your choice).Now you need to copy this file to /usr/share/pixmaps directory

#cp songbird.png /usr/share/pixmaps/

Next Step is you need to add Songbird to Application Menu

For this you need to open alacarte menu editor from applications—>Accessories—>Alcarate Menu Editor you can see this in the following screen


Once it opens alacarte menu editor, On your left find Sound & Video Left click on this once to highlight it and then choose from the top menu File -> New Entry.You can see this in the following screen.


Now you should see the following popup box asking for Name,comment,Command and Icon.

you need to enter Songbird under name ,enter any comment under comment,enter /usr/local/sbin/songbird/Songbird under command,you need to select icon image for songbird from /usr/share/pixmaps using browse button you can see this in the following screen.


After finishing all the details you can see the following screen now you need to click ok and close this menu editor.


Now you need to open Songbird from Applications—>Sound & Video—>Songbird you can see this in the following screen


Once you click on Songbird the following screen will appear and you need to click on check box after that click on i agree


Now you should see the following screen with default language,extensions and privacy and click on ok


Now you should see the songbird welcome screen


songbird in action


That’s it your songbird Music player is ready for use and enjoy your music.

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