I would like to know if I can have a better integration of Songbird into Unity and Gnome. Specifically, can Songbird:

  • be controlled through the panel sound menu, like Banshee in Ubuntu 11.10?
  • show notification bubbles when songs change?

I would rather use these features with Songbird. Although general suggestions on how to implement a better consolidation with Ubuntu are welcome!

  • Does any current Songbird user know how well the current builds are maintained? – Jjed Jan 5 '12 at 6:13
  • Emmm the Songbird project has a fork: getnightingale.com – Brallan Aguilar Jan 5 '12 at 6:15

It's possible.

  1. Open System Info and select "Default Applications". Change the default music application to "Songbird".
  2. Install the ubuntu-notifier addon.
  3. Install the MPRIS addon.

Be aware that Songbird no longer supports Ubuntu, and in turn, people developing Ubuntu integration have faded away. I am not even sure if the addons listed above work anymore; if they do not, your only option is to code Ubuntu integration yourself.

As for the technical details for doing this (and these should become AskUbuntu questions in their own right):

  • I installed MPRIS addon, but after it I don't understand what I should to do. – Brallan Aguilar Nov 5 '11 at 7:57
  • Relogin. If the plugin supports MPRIS2 properly (and Songbird is default) it should work with the Sound Menu. – Jjed Nov 5 '11 at 21:18
  • Sorry, but what Songbird version admit this options? – Brallan Aguilar Dec 6 '11 at 3:17

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