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Songbird™ is a desktop Web player, a digital jukebox and Web browser mash-up. Like Winamp, it supports extensions and skins feathers. Like Firefox®, it is built from Mozilla®, cross-platform and open source.
If you want to know Songbird 1.4.1 Features and Improvements check here

Songbird 1.4.1’s main focus has been on adding new device support, CD rip support, and a new Feather/skin. We’ve included more format/codec support out of the box, improved the media management user experience, and continue to work on performance, footprint, and stability.

Thanks to Skyzim for creating .deb files

For 32-bit Ubuntu Users download .deb file from here

For 64-bit Ubuntu Users download .deb file from here

Now you should be having songbird_1.4.1_i686_skyzim.deb file for 32-bit users and songbird_1.4.1-x86_64-skyzim.deb file for 64-bit users

Install .deb packages using the following commands

For 32-bit Users run the following command from terminal

sudo dpkg -i songbird_1.4.1_i686_skyzim.deb

For 64-bit Users run the following command from terminal

sudo dpkg -i songbird_1.4.1-x86_64-skyzim.deb

Once you install you can open songbird from Applications--->Sound & Video

Troubleshooting Songbird startup

Problem

When you try to startup songbird you might see similar to the following error

$songbird

….. warnings are omitted….

(songbird-bin:5674): GStreamer-WARNING **: invalid name template vc3_video_sink_%u: conversion specification must be of type ‘%d’ or ‘%s’ for GST_PAD_REQUEST padtemplate
././songbird-bin: symbol lookup error: /usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/gst-0.10/gst/_gst.so: undefined symbol: gst_task_pool_get_type
Could not initialize GStreamer: Error re-scanning registry , child terminated by signal

Solution 1

sudo mv /usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/gst-0.10/ /usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/gst-0.10_bad

Solution 2

Remove gstreamer

Open Synaptic Package Manager and search for "python-gst0.10″. Select the python-gst0.10 package, then click Package > Force Version. Select "0.10.14-1ubuntu1″ from the list and click the Force Version button. Do the same thing with the python-gst0.10-dbg package and then click Apply. Once it's done downloading and installing the packages you can close Synaptic.

Thanks to our reader Holywen

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14 Comments to “How to install songbird 1.4.1 in Ubuntu”

  1. HolyWen says:

    Looks like my ubuntu installation have some problem?

    $songbird

    ….. warnings are omitted….

    (songbird-bin:5674): GStreamer-WARNING **: invalid name template vc3_video_sink_%u: conversion specification must be of type ‘%d’ or ‘%s’ for GST_PAD_REQUEST padtemplate
    ././songbird-bin: symbol lookup error: /usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/gst-0.10/gst/_gst.so: undefined symbol: gst_task_pool_get_type
    Could not initialize GStreamer: Error re-scanning registry , child terminated by signal

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  2. HolyWen says:

    Find a solution here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1247406

    sudo mv /usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/gst-0.10/ /usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/gst-0.10_bad

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  3. admin says:

    @Thank you Holywen it would help more users

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  4. jason says:

    cool. have never tried this player. checking it out now =)

    nice post. thanks

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  5. Alan says:

    you should try version 1.4.3 instead, otherwise you will hate this player to death if this is your first try :D 1.4.1 is buggy, so make your choice.

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  6. nhasian says:

    you dont need debs for songbird. I just got the latest release directly from their website. extracted the file to my home folder and manually created a launcher for it in the applications->sound & video menu and viola. all done.

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  7. downward says:

    Thanx

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  8. lexeme says:

    Thanks, just a note for other beginners like me, you might need to change you directory, (me desktop), to where you downloaded the file to, before you use, “sudo dpkg -i songbird_1.4.1-x86_64-skyzim.deb or ” sudo dpkg -i songbird_1.4.1_i686_skyzim.deb”.

    Been trying a few how too and was able to get this to work after following this from another site

    “3 – Go to the Synaptic Package Manager & enter your password
    4 – In the search field, enter libvisual-0.4-plugins
    5 – Select Complete Removal & click Apply”

    look’n forward to try’n this player

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  9. Sergei says:

    Oh, really big thanks to Skyzim for creating .deb files!!! The installation was fully automatic, just like in Windows ))) Just downloaded and clikced Install and it is installed and ready to use! Not a single word in terminal ) Thanx once again!

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  10. clemensskriver says:

    i love you, it works great :D

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  11. Andrew Luecke says:

    Actually, there is a better solution to the crashes.. Use the SB_GST_NO_SYSTEM environment variable as per http://wiki.songbirdnest.com/Docs/Environment_Variables

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  12. matt says:

    after i do “sudo dpkg -i songbird_1.4.1_i686_skyzim.deb” it says “dpkg: error processing songbird_1.4.1_i686_skyzim.deb (–install):
    cannot access archive: No such file or directory
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    songbird_1.4.1_i686_skyzim.deb” is that suppose to happen?

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