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06 March 2012, 16:42

Nightingale media player 1.11.0 released

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Zoom Screenshot of Nightingale 1.11.0

The Nightingale developers have released version 1.11.0 of their open source, cross-platform media player application. This is the first stable release of the project since it was forked from Songbird due to the original developers dropping support for Linux to concentrate on the Windows and Mac OS X versions of their software.

Nightingale 1.11.0 integrates the latest Songbird changes, improving the performance of the player and implementing a new play queue. It also adds a refreshed visual look and the ability to get automatic updates for the software. Furthermore, the team has worked on porting many Songbird add-ons to Nightingale and has changed the software's infrastructure so that add-ons can be ported by modifying a single file.

Users of the developer preview versions of Nightingale (1.8.x) will need to uninstall that copy of the program before they can install version 1.11.0, taking care to back up their profile to avoid losing data as the old profile will be overwritten in the process. The developers also point out that "now is the best time to transfer your Songbird profile to Nightingale" before the divergence between the two code bases becomes too great. To this end, they have prepared a wiki page with instructions how to do so.

Full details of the changes are available in the release notes. Nightingale is available for Windows (32-bit), Mac OS X (32-bit) and Linux (32- and 64-bit) and can be downloaded from the project's web site under the terms of the GPLv2.

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