Songbird Portable 1.2 Released by

Gizmokid2005's picture
Submitted by Gizmokid2005 on August 18, 2009 - 12:05pm is proud to announce the release of Songbird Portable 1.2. Songbird is a full-featured digital media library that enables the seamless syncing of all your music, and provides intuitive and powerful music management features. With Songbird, your music is organized and presented exactly as you like and as a portable app so you have all your music the way you want it wherever you go. It's packaged in Format so it can easily integrate with the Suite. And it's open source and completely free.

Read on for more details...


songbird_portable_small.pngSongbird is full-featured digital media player with lots of great features including:

  • Media Importing/Exporting: Add media to Songbird by importing from your file system or iTunes. Export your tracks and playlists back into iTunes.
  • Library Files Organization: Automatically organize the files contained in your library. Consolidate your media in one location. Customize the structure of the folder and file name based on metadata contained in every track.
  • Watch Folders: Automatically import media from a defined folder.
  • Library Management: Browse, organize, sort and search your media.
  • Smart Playlists: Create dynamic playlists that automatically update based on criteria you set.
  • Album Artwork: Display the currently playing track's album art and write new artwork back to the file. Automatically fetch missing album art from the web.
  • Media Playback: Songbird supports MP3, FLAC, and Vorbis on all platforms; WMA and WMA DRM on Windows; and AAC and Fairplay on Windows and Mac.
  • Gapless Playback & Replay Gain: Skips padding data due to encoding and chains files for gapless playback experience. Adjusts the playback gain appropriately if a track's metadata contains replay gain information.
  • GStreamer: Songbird uses GStreamer as the main media playback system, across all platforms.
  • Web Browser: Songbird includes an integrated web browser with features like bookmarking, tabbed browsing, and more.
  • Multi-language Support: Over 25 completed, community-contributed localizations and growing!
  • Custom UI: Make Songbird your own by choosing from dozens of different skins feathers.
  • Developer Support: Songbird is getting better everyday thanks to its open platform and growing developer community.

Learn more about Songbird... Installer / Format

Songbird Portable is packaged in a Installer so it will automatically detect an existing installation when your drive is plugged in. It supports upgrades by installing right over an existing copy, preserving all settings. And it's in Format, so it automatically works with the Suite including the Menu and Backup Utility.


Songbird Portable is available for immediate download from the Songbird Portable homepage. Get it today!

Songbird™ and the Songbird logo are trademarks of Pioneers of the Inevitable and are used with permission.

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Mr.Haller,I would never have been able to afford,
all this software,which you giving me free.
a BIG thank you and respect.


The MAZZTer's picture

It seems you are a bit confused, all the software available on this site is already free.

What Haller and others are doing is making this software function properly when run from a portable device, so you can install it on a flash drive and take it with you.

If you just want to use it on a computer, you should get the non-portable versions of the software from their respective authors.

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good sir,sure its free on this site, but some people take great
trouble to make it available for thanks had to do with all those good people,through Mr.Haller.I tried to express my feelings.
my appologies, my english is not good. respect

NathanJ79's picture

Actually, portable apps benefit your own computer as well. Just install them on any drive besides the C drive. When you reformat and reinstall Windows, or maybe you want to try Windows Vista or 7, and then when you eventually go back to XP because it doesn't lag, you don't have to reinstall your apps, and the settings are maintained. Beats reinstalling everything. Of course, some stuff you have to (e.g. antivirus, drivers, etc.) but PortableApps do save a lot of work. And they run just as good, too. On top of all that, they don't clutter up the registry. I'm on Portable Firefox right now, on my home computer, and wouldn't have it any other way. I haven't used the locally-installed Firefox in almost a year.

John T. Haller's picture

Thanks for your work on this, Michael. And to Ryan for starting things off. Smile

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

Gizmokid2005's picture

And ditto on the kudos to Ryan! Without his start this might've been longer in the making!

The MAZZTer's picture

Indeed, thanks. I've been keeping an eye on this media player, it's promising. Having a full web browser backend is still a bit too bulky for my tastes in media players, but it's still surprisingly quick to start up considering (faster than Firefox 3.0 at least).

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BuddhaChu's picture

For the inquisitive (like me Smile )

Release notes for Songbird 1.2

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First of all, thank you very much for this and all other applications in portable format.

Unfortunately, the localization page is missing.


John T. Haller's picture

There is no localization page for this app. It includes all languages in one installer.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

I am using portable apps for years now.
Never had a problem, some apps seem to be even quicker as portable app.
But unfortunately Songbird does not really work.
It is slow and some funktions like "Shoutcast" never finish to load.
Something I can do about it?
Something that you already know?

Anyway, for people working on different computers in different locations Portable Apps are really fintastic!

Gizmokid2005's picture

Songbird is slow by nature. The application is drive intensive hence the slowness, especially on slower drives. And some of the shoutcast stations really don't ever load. That's an issue with the local version too. It's just the way the plugin/extension is setup. The best advice I can give you there is to just keep trying. Sometimes I have to try a few times, but the station will usually load.

it runs from the same stick as my other portable apps
on the oyher hand I tried on the same computer where I have Songbird installed:
the installed version runs well, the portable version does not load the shoutcast page at all, not just single station

billiebub's picture

I turns out that songbird is not fully portable. If you look in the data folder, you should see pref.js, you will see that it stores the location of certain functions it uses like:

user_pref("songbird.library.loader.0.databaseLocation", "D:\\blahblahblah\\moreblahblahblah....

after moving the "songbirdportable" to another location on my HDD, it kept the same older directory paths.

a quick fix, since songbird is built on the same engine that firefox uses, you can access its config by typing in the URL box:


filter for "shoutcast", modify all paths to point to new location.


delete the profile and settings folders under the data folder and start over again.

It's not what you know, its what you can prove.

... I wonder whether I finally will be able to switch winamp to something portable, that works as I desire ... thanks ...

10x u very much! I waited 4 this player from u Smile Although prefer use foobar, but portable songbird is very good too... 10x u 4 your work again, continue 2 delight us Wink Peace.

I recognize that Songbird Portable still create the folders "Crash Reports" and "Profiles" in the Windows Userprofile.
Did I do anything wrong?

Chris Morgan's picture

And what did you do that could be wrong?

I am a Christian and a developer and moderator here.

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” – Proverbs 15:1

Gizmokid2005's picture

These folders should be cleaned up upon close. I believe this is your issue here.

If this is not the issue please post in the other apps support forum, and we'll look into it from there.

Maybe it is the reason of the installed Version before.
I cant't find any entrys belonging to this in the registry.
It don't bother me, I only recognize it and thought it was good to advise it.

Gizmokid2005's picture

Thanks. That's entirely possible. I double-checked and I haven't found any issues yet. But if you happen to find one, I'd be more than grateful to hear about it in the forums.