Mashing-up Music with Songbird

Steven Bengston (Pioneers of the Inevitable)
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(3.75, 4 ratings)

In the past year, Songbird has matured into a desktop media player platform allowing for rich tight media integration between your desktop and the web. Capitalising on the Open Web and semantic APIs, developers are building add-ons for Songbird that leverage different websites’ APIs to bridge the user from their local media collections to the vast amounts of media on the web.

This session will give a brief introduction to Songbird for users unfamiliar with it, as well as exploring how to develop add-ons utilising open APIs available from online sites. We’ll combine an open RESTful API with some simple Javascript scripting to build an add-on demonstrating the power of AJAX in a desktop application.

Songbird, being built on the Firefox & XULRunner platform, leverages the amazing work of the Mozilla community to build an open and semantic web-friendly “web player”, combining a web browser & a desktop media player. By providing open APIs for developers to build extensions on, developers can create media web mashups that extend the user beyond simply their portable MP3 player and their desktop to practically anything available on the web.

Steven Bengston

Pioneers of the Inevitable

I am a software developer for the Songbird application built on the Mozilla platform. I have worked on Mozilla products for almost 4 years including Flock, and Netscape.

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Mark J. Levitt
07/23/2009 5:42pm PDT

Good intro to what Songbird is and what is can do.

The JS examples were decent but could’ve been more in-depth. I’d love to see an add-on deconstructed, but I realize there was only 45mins (otoh, the session did end rather early).

Being new to Songbird, it’s hard to gauge my own interest in developing for it until I can assess my own interest in using it. I look forward to playing with the app. However, I’m prepared for my iPhone being an obstacle to total switch-over from iTunes.

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Timothy Ace
07/23/2009 5:11pm PDT

The presentation was a bit short, but all the information was covered and presented very well.

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