After not less than 3 and a half hour Songbird finished with importing the iTunes library I am using for about 6 years.
The first impression is: Cool, it’s got plugins!
The second impression is: Booh, it wants to restart (while stopping the music) to install!
It’s not faster than iTunes. And this is a sad thing, because the only thing I hoped it would be was faster. It’s not – the UI it’s as fast and responsive as iTunes’ UI – at best. With just a few clicks the whole songbird window went into sleep mode and the well known beachball came into the play.
Even worse: for some strange reason Songbird consumes considerably more CPU time while just sitting there and playing an MP3 than iTunes does:
18,7% CPU load used by songbird just by playing an mp3 (no filtering, no visualisation, no nothing)
2,3% CPU load for iTunes while doing exactly the same. Even the same mp3 was played.
iTunes even takes less memory… oh dear: A long way to go for the Songbird team.