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Mac Music Apps: Songbird, Clementine updates ship

1 November 2012 2,167 views No Comment

Since the flowering of the iPod, things have been good in the Mac music app space, including open source iTunes replacements, like Songbird and Clementine…

Since the flowering of the iPod, things have been good in the Mac music app space, including high-quality open source iTunes replacements, like Songbird and Clementine. Just because your Mac ships with iTunes doesn’t mean you have to use it.

For a time, Songbird was largely about syncing other than Apple mobile devices with your Mac. Today, not so much.

Songbird 2.1 (blog, download) has arrived with a new emphasis (v2.0 was social):

• Push music to wireless devices, like speakers and televisions
• Act as a media server allowing wireless devices to pull from your Songbird library
• Stream to DLNA, UPnP compliant devices, with support for volume control and even scrubbing on compatible devices

Songbird requires an Intel Mac running OS X 10.5 or later.

A fruity player for your Mac

Yes, Clementine can be used to view, manage and play your (iTunes) music library. However, one of the big advantages of this player is the large selection of internet radio networks: Spotify, Grooveshark, Last.fm, SomaFM, Magnatune, Jamendo, SKY.fm, Digitally Imported, JAZZRADIO.com, Soundcloud, and Icecast.

That said, Clementine 1.1 (changelog) is now available and comes to market with the following new features baked in:

• Podcast support with integration with gpodder.net
• Add support for indexing and playing music from Google Drive
• Add Soundcloud support
• Add jazzradio.com support
• Moodbar support

Clementine requires an Intel Mac running OS X 10.6 or later — download a copy now.

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