SongBird “was” a free and open source audio player cum web browser for Linux. It still is open source, but has announced that it is discontinuing support for Linux platform.
Songbird utilizes Mozilla’s XULRunner and GStreamer media framework and is cross platform audio player for Windows, Mac OS X an Solaris. SongBird was one of the promising Open Source audio player that could have given iTunes a tough competition. But developers have decided that for further development and for resolving compatibilities across different devices, it is better that they concentrate on other platforms.
On the developer blog, it is clearly mentioned that they have been working hard for NOFX and video playback and it is showing very promising improvements. They have promised that a small Linux build of the software will be maintained, but will not be tested.
From the blog:
After careful consideration, we’ve come to the painful conclusion that we should discontinue support for the Linux version of Songbird. Some of you may wonder how a company with deep roots in Open Source could drop Linux and we want you to know it isn’t without heartache.? We have a small engineering team here at Songbird, and, more than ever, must stay very focused on a narrow set of priorities. Trying to deliver a raft of new features around all media types, and across a growing list of devices, we had to make some tough choices.
The good news is that, according to the stats posted on the blog SongBird has 78.2% of active Windows users who lead in bug reporting too. That explains a lot about their movement to “other platforms”.
So to sum it up, all that users can be consoled with are: SongBird still remains open source and a small Linux build will be maintained.