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Songbird and multi-media keys under Linux

I’ve decided that under Linux I want to use Songbird as my music player. Unfortunately at the moment the latest developer release doesn’t support the multi-media keys on my keyboard 🙁 Not to be beaten I decided to do something about it and I’ve built my first XPCOM component along with some javascript glue to make it all work. Here is the Songbird extension, and here is the source. I won’t pretend it’s a great piece of work, but it does what I need it to do. The Play, Stop, Next and Previous buttons on my keyboard now work, but YMMV 😉

Enjoy

48 comments for “Songbird and multi-media keys under Linux

  1. February 10, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    Songbird has a page where you can upload your extension for everyone to see at http://preview.addons.songbirdnest.com/. Create an account and click the “Upload new add-on” link.

  2. February 11, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks for the link. I’ve uploaded the extension to the add on repository 🙂

  3. Howard Larky
    February 16, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    Daniel,
    I have tried to find you to ask a few basic questions regarding httpmail plugin. Can you please e-mail me. I sent them to sourcefog.com. Thanks

  4. March 10, 2007 at 8:45 am

    Hey, tried installing this extension but no luck. My mm-keys still don’t work. I’ve got an ass-old Logitech keyboard with keys connected on the PS/2 port. Keys work fine when set with keyboard shortcuts in Rhythmbox. I’m running Ubuntu Edgy if that’s any help.

    Otherwise, good incentive!

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    October 20, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    Great message.
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  6. October 31, 2007 at 1:04 am

    I’m currently using Fedora. I tried to install the Songbird extension but I couldn’t get it right. Is there anything that I must do first to install everything right?

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  48. Dave Stephenson
    September 20, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Hi Daniel,

    Will there be a re-release of the 64bit version of your Songbird plugin for MMKeys?

    Since the latest Songbird release there appears to be incompatibly between the two. Sorry, but I know little about songbird plugins so I cannot tell you the reason for this.

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