Okay. The first Official post of the second era of Goggalor and Friends. As such, I thought it would be great to mix it up a little with some, Progging (Program Blogging)which sounds thoroughly insane, but Applicogging sounds worse.

If, in fact, there is better term, please enlighten me. Well, let's get started.

This is it: The Songbird, the new opensource Multimedia Application with usage of XUL (in other words Firefox). It combines the internet and something sort of, but completely better, like iTunes.

That pic you see in the top left corner is just glance at this program (Click for bigger pic).

But, there are better writers than I; so here is some technicalingo for you to read thanks to Boing Boing:

A team led by ex-Winamp-er Rob Lord today released a preview edition of Songbird, a desktop media player that offers an open source alternative to services like Apple's iTunes and the Windows Media Player. Instead of connecting to one locked store full of DRMmed goods, it can connect to any and all available music (and video) on the internet.

Code brains behind the project include people who helped build Winamp, Muse, Yahoo's "Y! Music Engine" media player, and developers from Mozilla Foundation. Initial release is for Windows only, with editions for other OSes to follow in the coming weeks.

Built on the same platform as Firefox, Songbird acts like a specialized web browser for music. It sees the online world through MP3-colored glasses -- it looks at an archive of public domain sound files or a music store's catalog, and displays available media for you.

That is just a summary, but I tried it out. It is great, fantastic and everything in between. However, it is still very beta; Version .1.1 is the latest.

It is what they call, "Proof of Concept." It doesn't yet do everything the developers want it to, but it is still enough for me to use more often than iTunes. However, iTunes has (as of now) better organization and things, well, completely work. This program shows a lot of promise. Check it out at Songbirdnest.com. In fact, I am using Songbird right now to write this blog entry, it is definitely an all-in-one program. Download it if you have the time to check it out.

Again: Songbirdnest.com

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