CoolTool: Songbird – The Music/Video Browser

I thought I was out but teachandlearn twittered about Songbird! This is the most AMAZING audio (and video) browser! This is amazing! I love it! I often don't want to struggle w/ starting itunes, etc. and this is just great (if it is stable — see my notes below.)

This tutorial tells you how to use it. After you watch the screencast, download songbird, go to and look at it.

It is open source software (which also means it is free!) OK, one warning — it only looks like it is developer release (which I'm using.) So, in other words, there might be bugs. But I love the idea. Itunes is good, however, you're so limited to the itunes store. This is a great concept!

In other words, you need to be a bit comfortable with your computer, if you're a beginner, you may want to wait a little bit.

Who else knows something about songbird?

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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davecormier February 9, 2008 - 3:54 am

Hey Vickie,

Just wondering… when you ‘warned’ people about the software being ‘open source’ were you only meaning to refer to the fact that it is a ‘developer release,’ and, if so… what does that mean?

Is open source only for those who are ‘comfortable with their computers’?



Vicki A. Davis February 9, 2008 - 12:45 pm

@davecormier- Whew, I need to go back and read that. The warning is because it is a DEVELOPER release and the version number also concerned me (not yet a 1.0). I have typically found that to mean that certain instabilities exist and I haven’t tested it out enough to guarantee that it is stable to the readers. I’ll relook at my phraseology — I love open source and my classroom literally couldn’t function without it!

Vicki A. Davis February 9, 2008 - 12:46 pm

@davecormier. Thank you so much for pointing out, I’ve rephrased to more clearly show my meaning there!

davy boy February 10, 2008 - 2:39 pm

great. I was pretty sure, but i figured if I read it that way, others might misunderstand… Yay internets.

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