Rockin Robin

Songbird is shaping up to be an amazing media player featured on ArsGeek and many other business and tech blogs. It’s not only got audio and video capability (with a HUGE range of media types) but it’s built on the Mozilla engine, meaning it’s also a web browser. Not only that, but for a preview release (0.2 people!) it’s looking slicker than a puddle of oil with George W. Bush floating in it.

Here’s how to set it up on your Ubuntu box, add it to your applications menu and generally enjoy the hell out of it.

First, we have to get it. For this release, go here. I’m going to assume that you download it to your Desktop.

That will give you the Songbird_0_2_RC2_linux-i686.tar.gz file. Let’s move it to your opt (as in optional) directory, and to do that we need to use sudo. So, let’d open up a terminal and do the following.
cd /opt
sudo cp ~/Desktop/Song* .

Now we have the tarball in our /opt directory. Let’s untar it and get to work.
tar zxvf Song*.tar.gz
Phew! Now we’re working up a sweat. Not to worry, once you get this thing going, you can throw on some Bill Haley and be sweatin’ to the oldies in no time.

So we’ve got a directory in opt now that looks something like this:

Songbird_20061003

Lets’ do a little ownership change on this bad boy so you can launch Songbird as yourself.
sudo chown -R username:username Songbird_20061003
You’re going to want to substitute your username in the above statement. Don’t know who you are? Simply type:
whoami
Anyway, moving right along, let’s make this directory a bit easier to work with.
mv Songbird_20061003 Songbird
There, now we’ll save on the typing. Or cutting and pasting, depending on how lazy you really are.

So now you want to test Songbird to see if it launches.
cd Songbird
Ready? Here’s the hard part, we’ve done all this work and now we have to get the thing to run.
./Songbird
Yup, that’s it. Now it should be launching. Wow! Look at that design, feel the smooth edges, hear the gasps from your geek friends as they peer over your shoulders! Is that dandruff?

So, we’ve got it installed and running, now let’s add it to our Applications menu.

First, we need an icon, so you don’t end up stealing an icon from etherape or something. Thankfully I’ve planned this thing out and I have an icon for you right below this line. Just right click on it and save it to your desktop.

Got it? Great! Now let’s put it in the right place. Back into your terminal session for this one:
cd /usr/share/pixmaps
sudo cp ~/Desktop/sb.png .
Whammo! You’re doing great! Enjoy this encouragement! You’re wonderful! Ahem. Anyway. . . .

Let’s get this thing into the Applications menu. Right click on Applications at the top of your desktop (or wherever you’ve moved it too you hacker you) and choose “Edit Menus“.

This will open up the Alacarte Menu Editor. On your left find “Sound & Video” Left click on this once to highlight it and then choose from the top menu File -> New Entry.

For the name, let’s put Songbird. Under the comment, and this is important, put Thanks You Hooty Developers. And for the command, let’s add this:
/opt/Songbird/Songbird
Now, click the button that says “No Icon” and browse down to sb.png. You should also recognize the pic, having just downloaded it. Choose this.

Finally, click OK. You’re ready to rock! You can now go to Applications -> Sound & Video -> Songbird and launch this fantastic new product.
If you want to check for new developements in the Songbird world, simply launch Songbird, go to the top Help menu, and choose “Search for Updates“. Look familiar?

Take some time to explore, it will be worth it, and enjoy your new media goodness!

geek out.

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