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Give iTunes the 'Bird'

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Looking for an alternative to iTunes. Well give them the 'bird'. Songbird that is. Songbird is web browser/media library. It has a lot of the features that iTunes has, but it has the ability to "Play the Web".

Songbird is a desktop media player mashed-up with the Web. Songbird is committed to playing the music you want, from the sites you want, on the devices you want, challenging the conventions of discovery, purchase, consumption and organization of music on the Internet.

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Songbird has been out a while, but it just dropped a new version about a week ago. Thing that makes it better than iTunes is that it's open source. Basically, that means anyone with the skills can modify the code for their use, create plugins, or even give it whole new look. Thinking, I don't want to copy all my music from iTunes to some new media player/library. Songbird can import your complete iTunes library with the exception of purchase music from the iTunes store.

The one neat feature of Songbird is the ability to listen and download music from a variety of mp3 blogs. The newest feature of this version is incorporating hypem.com. Hypem.com is site that follows all types of mp3 blogs. You can also purchase music from more than one music store unlike iTunes like insound.

Check out this video to learn more about Songbird and then give it a try. It's free and works on Macs and Windows PCs

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