Posted on: June 2, 2006 in Music


I’ve been playing with Songbird recently (which I’ve talked about before), and although it’s still pretty rough around the edges (as in spontaneous crashes and lockups), I have seen the future. I just love the feeling of making playlists of web resources as I cruise through some of my favorite music blogs.

It’s great to be able to “collect*” songs for later as well, and I love how easy it is to schedule songs for download in Songbird. Like all good products it takes an activity that is normally time consuming and repetitive and makes it easy. I’m sure the RIAA is probably cringing, but with so many new companies tackling the music recommendation space, I think Songbirds real strength lies in music acquisition (although it also encourages exploration and discovery too, of course).

A while ago I grabbed a wicked one liner from Jeffery Veen that downloads all the mp3’s from a given URL:

wget -r -l1 -H -t1 -nd -N -np -A.mp3 -erobots=off

I’ve occasionally been using this to grab mp3’s from a blog, but Songbird may finally put my rudimentary tools to rest. I think this product will really change my listening and browsing patterns, at least once the Mac version is released ;)

And hey, Songbird even uses Drupal! Which reminds me… if any Songbird folk read this, and if they ever need a hand with any Drupal/music hackery, give us a call!

* see: steal, pirate, abscond, pilfer, purloin

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