Recommended, especially if you think Apple is just as evil as Microsoft.

Songbird

I’m using version 0.2 Developer Preview regularly, and am happy with it. Reasonably stable. I don’t need much, just an MP3 player, but I like the iTunes interface. With Songbird, I get the same interface, and other features if I want them. The mini-player is better than iTunes.

If you try it, you’ll notice it doesn’t have the Genres panel. I filter by genre quite a bit, and found this can be added very simply by editing a particular file. Here are my notes:

Add “genre” to the array in the following function, as shown. The function is in Program Files/Songbird/chrome/songbird.jar (open using Winzip) content/songird/xul/playlist_test.xul

function LocalLoad() { try { // Default values, in case we get confused var table = “library”; var guid = “songbird”; var data = SBDataGetStringValue( “browser.uri” );

// Cook the table from the magic browser uri? var qm = data.lastIndexOf( ‘?’ ); if ( qm > -1 ) { var str = data.substr( qm + 1, data.length ); var divider = str.lastIndexOf( ‘,’ ); if ( divider > -1 ) { table = str.substr( 0, divider ); guid = str.substr( divider + 1, str.length ); } else { table = str; } }

if ( ( table.length > 0 ) && ( guid.length > 0 ) ) { // If we’re a library, we want metadata filters var filters = null; if ( table == “library” ) { filters = new Array( “genre”, “artist”, “album” ); }