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Songbird 2.2 ‘Integrates’ AmazonMP3 Store

20 February 2013 1,214 views One Comment

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And, by “integration,” Songbird means you can shop AmazonMP3 in an in-app, sandboxed browser window. Which brings the large, hairy primate in the room into focus — Songbird is a web browser. A bad idea? Hardly, but the implementation could be a “bit” more elegant.

For example, buying an album from AmazonMP3 while in Songbird shunts the download to Amazon’s download app and then you’ll need to move (drag n’ drop) the files into the app all by yourself. Alternately, you can configure Amazon downloader to automatically import into iTunes, which in turn puts the song automatically to Songbird.

Not elegant, but a really great idea.

Nevertheless, Songbird 2.2 (blog, download) is now available and it comes to market with the following new features baked in:

• Push audio and video content to wireless devices, like connected TVs, DVD players, and speakers.
• See album art or DVD cover art in the now playing section for any device
• Get more music for your library from the Amazon MP3 store
• See the latest news and content from the currently playing artist via Songbird.me

Why did Songbird bother delivering half-measure AmazonMP3 integration? I guessing “affiliate fees” pretty much explains it.

Building a product that delivers revenue for its makers is in no way evil. Again, however, the execution is wanting.

Songbird Device Integration

That said, whereas iTunes is all about everything integrating the iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and your Mac, Songbird works with Philips’ SimplyShare and other UPnP compatible devices.

Stream audio and video content to multiple devices all from your central desktop library. Our update even supports video playback, and in some devices, volume control and even scrubbing! Development was done in partnership with Philips, ensuring compatibility with their SimplyShare devices, while also working with most UPnP devices.

So, Philips just sold their consumer AV business to Japan’s Funai Electric.

What does the future hold for Songbird and Philips SimplyShare? A very interesting worth following…

What’s your take?

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