How to install Songbird 1.9.3 in Ubuntu 10.10 / 10.04

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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, last.fm info..etc. It is a alternative for iTunes in Ubuntu.

Installation

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:

wget http://download.songbirdnest.com/installer/linux/i686/Songbird_1.9.3-1959_linux-i686.tar.gz
tar zxvf Songbird_1.9.3-1959_linux-i686.tar.gz
cd Songbird
rm /lib/libgst*.so
./songbird

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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