"Amarok is a native KDE application (but is also available for
other operating systems besides Linux via KDE ports), while
Songbird has been built using Mozilla technology, so it's
cross-platform from the first step. Migrating to either from other,
lesser, applications is a breath of fresh air. They do the same
kind of things, but in a more effective and better-looking way.
"In testing we used Amarok 2.0 and Songbird 1.0 running on KDE
4.2 and Gnome. Amarok arrived via a Kubuntu repository with no
issues and Songbird came in a 30MB file from getsongbird.com. Once
the tarball had we double-clicked the Songbird script to run the
installer. This is efficiently cross-distro, but you have to add
your own shortcuts, while Amarok just fell into the appropriate
There are only so many ways a music player can be presented, and
both take a similar line. But once you get beyond the basic
interface conventions, things begin to diverge a little more and
each application presents its strengths."