How to install Songbird 1.9.3 in Ubuntu 10.10 / 10.04

Finally Songbird 1.9.3 released for Ubuntu. If you have tried downloading Songbird from the official site, you might have noticed it is only available for Windows and Mac users. This guide will help you to install Songbird in Ubuntu. If you are wondering what is Songbird, it is a digital jukebox rich with features. It supports most of the popular handsets like iPhone, Samsung Captivate, Epic 4G, Vibrant, Fascinate. It also has pretty cool extensions like radio stations, lyrics display, info..etc. It is a alternative for iTunes in Ubuntu.


There is no PPA available for songbird yet but you can install it from the source. It works on both 32bit and 64bit. To install it in Ubuntu 10.10 / 10.04, open the terminal and type:

tar zxvf Songbird_1.9.3-1959_linux-i686.tar.gz
cd Songbird
rm /lib/libgst*.so

After that you will get a window helping you to configure and install Songbird.

You might want to create a link, to do so right click on the desktop -> Create Launcher..

And in the dialog box enter Name as Songbird and Command as  /home/user/Songbird/songbird

Note: Replace ‘user’ in /home/vincellin/Songbird/songbird with your username

I haven’t tested it in Ubuntu 11.04 yet but I am pretty sure it works.

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3 Replies to “How to install Songbird 1.9.3 in Ubuntu 10.10 / 10.04”

  1. Nice tutorial, but Songbird shouldn’t be installed to “/home/user/Songbird”. It should instead, be in “/usr/lib/songbird”. Follow these directions to install songbird as it should (after performing the instructions above).

    Start by opening up a terminal. Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal.

    This command will copy songbird to “/usr/lib/songbird”, where it should be.

    sudo cp -r Songbird /usr/lib/songbird

    Then, to get the icon working, a symbolic link should be created in “/usr/share/pixmaps” pointing to “/usr/lib/Songbird/songbird-512.png”.

    sudo ln -s /usr/lib/songbird/songbird-512.png /usr/share/pixmaps/songbird.png

    To use a short command to open Songbird, instead of “/usr/lib/songbird/songbird”, or “/home/user/Songbird/songbird”, you can create another symbolic link.

    sudo ln -s /usr/lib/songbird/songbird /usr/bin/songbird

    That way, the system should be able to find the icon for songbird and the program just by typing in “songbird” in “Command:” as show in the picture above, as opposed to “/home/user/Songbird/songbird” without an icon.

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