Does Songbird play CD's?

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Play a CD with Songbird
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No, not yet. But CD playback, as ripping is on the roadmap and will come in future birds. So watch out and be patient!
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when when, please i'd like to know it. is there a developers to-do list or somewhere I can find it
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sebaskoot:
Take a look at the Roadmap here:
http://wiki.songbirdnest.com/Roadmap
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So, do I understand this correctly...if I am trying to convert my CD's to MP3's, I have to use ANOTHER program to rip them, THEN I can use Songbird to listen to them?

Well, I just took a look at the roadmap...CD-ripping is not sue to show up until next APRIL! I don't buy a lot of online music at all, so it looks like I'll be going back to Realplayer. Why use 2 programs to have to get this done when I can Rip and listen all with one?

So what was the reason for doing this the way is was? I would think starting this project as a player for downloaded only music would give you a limited user base.

Eric
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Throughout my entire life, I've only bought one CD. All my other music has been purchased online.
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I can't believe it doesn't either... I didn't realise until I bought a second hand CD the other day (that is NOT available for download. ANYWHERE). I thought this would be a fairly basic feature!
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Howdy All,

For more info on this topic than you probably can stand head to this thread: http://getsatisfaction.com/songbird/t...

But to answer your why oh why question Eric, the basic answer is Songbird's first and foremost goal is to play the web and with that in mind ripping CD's was not on the top of the list.

Hope that helps.
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Hi Laura:

Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately, that will mean for now that I go back to RP until someone writes an add-in for Songbird. Apparently I missed that (or wasn't made aware of it) when I downloaded it.I am a creature of convenience- I want my music functions all in one program. I don't want to have to use a Ripper, a library, etc...
RP works for me for now. I *want* to be able to use Songbird, but again...I like the RP functionality of being able to rip a CD and add it into my library in one step.

And for those effectively calling me a Neanderthal for still owning CD's, my collection has been built up over the last 20+ years. I have just recently in the last few had the capability to play mobile MP3's (via my phone or my Palm). Congratulations to the rest of you young 'uns who are so hip...now please learn to be a bit more civil to those who are not as 'forward thinking' as you.

Thanks,
Eric Lorenz
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Eric, we don't all think you are a Neanderthal. In a way, the "young 'uns" who only buy online are missing out because most music formats available for download online are a much lower quality than CDs.

I use a program called MediaMonkey to rip my CDs to .flac (a lossless music format) and organize my music library. Then I use Songbird to listen to my collection. I could use MediaMonkey, but Songbird has a much better feel and eventually it will support CD ripping (to .flac hopefully) and automatic file monitoring and organization.
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Eric, I'm using EAC to rip my music, you can rip the music in any format. Mp3, FLAC, and other formats..There is a bit of messing around to get it going but once you have got the setup correctly then it's smooth sailing from there, it's well worth it because you get accurate ripping (No pops or clicks like some other software). To get you started here are some links

http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/en/index... <---- general guide for other formats and other infomation

I recommend reading the guides first before jumping in straight away that way it will save you time and fustration, if you do go ahead using EAC let us know how you went!!!
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I can't believe that the reply from the official rep (Dustin) is that he's only bought 1 CD!!! Good for you, young man!!! Us oldies (over 30) tend to have collections of CDs - I personally have around 300-400 CDs that I'd like to add under Songbird.

Are we just not the target audience? Windows Media Player for me until it is sorted ...
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@TimLomas

Most of our staff are in their 30's and we like to think most of us are indeed our target market. We don't have anything against CD's...I personally have a fairly large collection, but they are already ripped to iTunes and thus get on in to Songbird quite easily. That being said I totally understand wanting everything all in one program, and while we're not there yet, we're on our way!
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Just bought a CD and thought I'd download songbird and give it a go - just wanted to be able to play my CD and scrobble it from work (I'll rip it at home later today). For convoluted reasons I don't want to use Windows Media Player or iTunes from this machine. Was very surprised there's no CD playback. Other than that, it looks good.
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I am surprised this feature isn't considered a priority. You need to remove this line from the "What is Songbird" FAQ page:

"Songbird plays your music too with all the features you’d expect in a desktop media player."

(http://getsatisfaction.com/songbird/t...)
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I completely agree. I'm installing Songbird in my parents' PC (on Ubuntu), and I'll tell them: "Hey, it'll play all your mp3 files but... hmmmm... ALL your CDs (and they have many, as so do I)... well, Songbird won't play them". To use another application to rip the CDs into mp3 files is NOT a reasonable answer or advice. They ALREADY have ripped what they wanted, but certain CDs they DON'T want to rip, and they just want to listen to 'em as they come. It's quite logical, BTW. I have a large collection of CDs and sometimes I just want to listen to 'em WITHOUT ripping. And, for example, if I want to listen to "The Wall", where certain songs fade into the next ones, the best solution is just put the CD and listen, without "fading plugins" (which won't render the gapless features as intended by the artists). Any desktop media player that claims to play "your music too with all the features you’d expect in a desktop media player" should stand by that claim and play CDs.
All this really bothers me, since I consider Songbird a VERY GOOD piece of software. Most of my friends and relatives have a "mixed" music collection (mp3 files AND CDs), and this lack of CD playing feature keeps me from heartily recommend Songbird to them.
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i will totally be all over this application once CD support is added
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completely agree
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Songbird can now rip CDs apparently - but it still can't play them :(
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Basic CD support is pretty core... once again I'm uninstalling this cruft from my computer. Never going to try again either, Songbird's team's top priorities obviously have nothing to do with playing music.

Going to repeat this because it deserves a second mention:

You need to remove this line from the "What is Songbird" FAQ page:

"Songbird plays your music too with all the features you’d expect in a desktop media player."
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I don't see CD Playing anywhere on the Roadmap anymore.

When I think "Media Player", one of the first features that comes to mind is "CD Playing".

A feature that does NOT come to mind is "video transcoding".
(I use TVersity Media Server to transcode and stream music and videos to my Xbox 360 - I don't see Songbird replacing it.)

Personally, I don't like the direction Songbird is going. I would prefer it to be minimal and streamlined (just fast and simple).

Thanks
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I was testing the last beta 1.8.0.b1, I wanted to rip a CD, press enter over the track list accidentally and surprisingly Songbird start to play the CD. I dont rip the CD yet. Songbird was playing the CD. This allow to see that the CD play feature is not very complicated to do for the Songbird team. Try it yourself and you will see...
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Tried with new Songbird version (1.8). Didn't work, disappointed
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not working for me either
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good god, incredibly crap,
last time i tried songbird was about two years ago,
maybe in two more years, if it's still around... must fly now...