7Digital Goes After iTunes With Songbird Integration

DRM free online music retailer gets desktop presence through Mozilla powered player.

While Apple garnered all the headlines for iPhone OS 3.0 yesterday UK rival 7Digital is hoping to get one over on iTunes today…

The entirely DRM free online music retailer has made its first move towards the desktop following a partnership agreement with the Mozilla powered open source media player Songbird.

The result is 7digital’s 6m strong 320kbps encoded catalogue can now been searched and downloaded directly from within the Songbird player and integrated into a user’s library. From here music can also be transferred to MTP devices from the likes of Sony, Philips, SanDisk, Samsung and others giving 7digital an iTunes/Windows Media Player-esque platform.

In fact, the duo’s offering actually incorporates significant advances over both these high profile opponents. Notably, Songbird can analyse a user’s library and directly display band news, local gig information, artist bios, live concert photos and more. Last.fm scobbling is also in there as well along with SHOUTcast Radio, Flickr, YouTube and Google news integration and a range of customisable add-ons.

The science between the two is fairly predictable as the union was created through a mash-up between the 7digital and Songbird APIs and it should significantly strengthen both companies’ offerings.

As for pricing it will be based on user location with the service available in the US, UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland. The upgraded Songbird player is available for download now.

How’d you like those apples, err… Apple.


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