What digital music formats will Songbird play?

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What music formats does Songbird support?
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With the QuickTime Playback and Window Media Playback add-ons installed, Songbird can play all the popular music formats including MPEG Audio (mpga), MPEG Layer 3 (mp3), MPEG4 family including FairPlay (m4a, m4v, mp4, m4p, m4b), Ogg Vorbis, Speex, AAC, WMA, WMADRM, FLAC, and less important: LPCM, ADPCM, AMR. If you're a developer, teach Songbird how to play your favorite format!
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So am I right that it won't play directly from a CD and won't play AIFF files. In other words, if I want to load my system with my CDs using Songbird then play them with it, it won't. I need to load them using something else to put them in another format then Songbird will find locate them and store pointers to them for reading only. Is that all this does or do I have it wrong.
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Hey tc.

Right now we don't support AIFF files (or cd playback), but those are certainly on the roadmap.

I'm working on the gstreamer stuff here at songbird - that's how our "next-generation" media core is going to work. It can do AIFF, if you have the right plugins installed (in this case, gst-ffmpeg, but I'll probably write an AIFF parser plugin separately some time soon). We'll also do CD playback at some point, but that might be a little bit further off.

But for now, you're right - if all you have is CDs and AIFF files, songbird doesn't support them quite yet. Sorry about that. If that means you can't or don't want to use it - then please check back in a couple of months, once we've added some more features.
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Hi Mike- all my music is in AIFF too because all of my music is saved to CD's so I can't use Songbird till this feature exists. I hope you can come up with it soon! I too deleted iTunes before installing Songbird, so this is a real pain. I think you should state very clearly what file types your player supports right on your Home page, so that other people do not have to go through this hassle!!
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It makes sense to promote lossless formats - including the great old MIDI format, in which so many of the old remastered 78 shellac recordings were re-encoded in the early period of analogue recordings in the 1990s. Microsoft proprietaries eg. MP3, truncate frequencies, mangling the sound. As a composer, I'd very much rather see Songbird supporting the lossless formats by first choice, as a matter of policy - with support for the lossy ones, extended, purely as grace & favour, simply to provide the additional coverage to the rest of the not so well-informed listening public
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what about monkey audio's .ape support ?
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Great, I just uninstalled RealPlayer and cleaned out all my files so I could load my CD's into Songbird only to find out you cant do that yet! I'm sorry but the first thing in any Media Player should be the ability to load your actual media library'@%$%$#! No equalizer just yet is lame enough, but no way to load a CD into your NEW "MEDIA PLAYER" is a joke! It looks great and I have high hopes but what the @%$%@#!
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Wow calm down man, this is not even at version 1.0 yet. Besides that you should never uninstall the software you currently use for something until you've tried out the new one, especially if you haven't checked out what it will/won't do. . . . .

There are plenty of apps that will rip CD's for you. . . Audiograbber is a great little FREE ripping software. Does what it says on the tin. . . . . .

You can download it, and the superior Lame mp3 codec here: http://www.audiograbber.com-us.net/do... . . . . . .

Don't mention it ;)
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Stuee- that's not necessarily true- if you're experiencing major problems with a program and it is, oh, say changing the encoding in your files without *asking* you first. Yeah. you might want to un-install that bugger right away, and hope that the next best thing works. I feel iggy's pain. I had to do the same thing. But thank you for the tip on Audiograbber.
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Nope, no Audiograbber for Mac. :(
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iggy~> post again here if you are a mac user. i am researching other options for ripping and burning open source and i can let you know what works....
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why not use CDex to rip your files? RealPlayer is definitely not a choice, iTunes isn't either.
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@iggy
Our media player's first big feature is to play the web, CD support will be here for 1.0 version I hope !
Be sure to look at http://wiki.songbirdnest.com/Roadmap for next features !!!
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Hi Geek Shadow,

I'm noticing that when I play something directly from the web- I'll use Radio Paradise as an example because it's well-known- every time I play it a new "Radio Paradise" link (song? file?) is created in my library. So I have multiples of these. I think it's because whatever song is playing registers as a new song, but I'm not sure, because I also get tons of "1048" files. I don't know what these are, but you can't play them.

Since Songbird's focus feature is to play the web, I thought you might want to know of this. It would be phenomenal if Songbird could clean these extra files up after itself, so I don't have to keep doing it. I don't think iTunes can do this! ;)

God I hope this player stays around. I. Freeken. Love. It.
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.shn, .ape, .mp2 support would be great. This looks like a promising media player, but not exactly ready for prime time. I'll definitely be tracking this project though. I'll use it once there is more support for other formats. I'm looking for a MediaMonkey alternative.
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ape is too obvious. no idea y they didnt add ape to begin with
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+1 on SHN compatibility. FLAC is great, but for those of us that have been around for a while, there are plenty of SHN files in our collections. Add in SHN and I'm completely sold - especially since this doesn't seem to have the bloat that iTunes does.
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dude no1s here to copy ne1 else... moreover mediamonkey premium is paid whereas songbird is absolutely free. try downloading the lyric addon, now playing list addon and a few others to make ur experience cool.
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i would like some better linux support in the future, but, woudn't everyone!
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Is it possible to download a book on tape?
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Yes, Songbird does support most of the popular formats. But it DOESN'T support FLAC image + cue sheet playback, like Amarok and Foobar 2000. For live concert albums, mixes, much classical music and opera, true gapless playback is a MUST. The only reliable way to accomplish this is to rip (with a tool like Exact Audio Copy) to a CD image instead of to separate tracks. The image can be uncompressed - like a .wav file - or compressed, as in .flac. EAC generates an accompanying "cue sheet" (a text file with the extension .cue) which tells the compatible player where the track divisions are within the image file. Gapless playback is assured because there are no gaps; just playback of a single large file with directions from the cue sheet where the divisions are.

What's more, the image+cue sheet model is perfect for archiving CDs. An image, in conjunction with its accompanying cue sheet, can be used to re-create the original CD virtually byte for byte, complete with tracks.

Serious music lovers - regardless of their tastes - eventually become frustrated without this capability! I have been eagerly watching and waiting for Songbird to mature, but I will tell you right now; if the final release does not include cue sheet support, that will be a deal breaker for me!

Also, I strongly suggest including support for playback of Audible electronic book files! Adding Fairplay support is great, but without Audible book support, I will still not be able to get iTunes off my hard drive! Help me out here!
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I agree with you, i must open foobar2000 for it ; (
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It says above that the program supports the protected itunes files, but I am having a difficult time getting them to play. Are there any other measures I need to take to allow my protected songs to play? Can you set it up for songs from multiple itunes accounts will play? I searched thoroughly and couldn't find a solution other than trying to remove the protection from the files.
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hey there. does anyone know for sure about .wav support.

songbird won't play them for me but vlc will (of course)? (on win xp by the way)

will this be available when gstreamer is integrated etc?
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So i have had something happen where the player will play a song once, and then it will refuse to play it later on. The file is in the same format and in the same place, but simply will not play. Does anyone know why this might be?
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minikahuna, that sounds like a bug? maybe one of the employees can help you. what kind of file is it?
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It's just an mp3 file
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do you have any other music programs running? i'm no expert but i've had the experience of having had mp3's on my laptop for like a year, then suddenly itunes reads them as being "encoded," and nothing else will play them or burn them. luckily i had most of my music on cd's, but this drm weirdness is part of the reason i'm trying songbird now....
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I have some .m4p files from the itunes store and songbird won't even import them...do I need to install anything else for them to work?
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in the best response at the top of the page, it says to use the quicktime and windows media playback add ons, but when i look for them i am unable to find them? do they exist or am i just looking in the wrong place?
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DiemWolf,

You're not nuts, the addons aren't there anymore because this post is a year old. They are automatically bundled in the current version, 0.7. What version of Songbird are you running?
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why doesnt songbird support ape yet?
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What version of Songbird are you using and what OS do you run?

I found one mention of .ape on our wiki that leads me to believe it might possibly work with GStreamer but it's safe to say it has not been tested.
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/bump for .ape support. 75% of my music is in this format. Once it's supported, I'll be happy to switch to songbird! :-)
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@ Daniel
I'm on Windows Vista 64.
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Who?
Me?
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Oops! I meant "@Laura Thomas"
Sorry for the confusion.
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np. well im on vista x64 too, but ape isnt played on songbird while im on linux either
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Got it, but if I get it right, it still doesn't play WAV, AIFF, or straight from a CD. In other words, and I don't mean this in a nasty way, it is not meant for quality playback, just compressed junk.
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I have to agree. If Songbird wants to be the best, it has to play the best and continually be on the edge of improvement.
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@ jsonny
yeah man
honestly
ape?
thats like an obvious support feature