Songbird 0.2 continues to be the same pile of crap. Now it launches, takes years to show the screen, gives an error when it can't load the QuickTime plug-in (for what?), and that's all. I scanned my music collection, and it didn't show anything in the media library (it must be a trend, BSplayer 2's music library it's also not very reliable). I tried to play a song and... good! Nothing happened. It does not have many features, and it feels pre-alpha, it's almost in the planning stage. For now it seems like a hacked version of Firefox to make it accept VideoLAN plugins, and a bad hack, which is even worse. Heck, the preferences option is directly copied for the Firefox 1.5 one, they only changed the "Firefox" strings to "Songbird".
Of course, not everything is wrong. The GUI is well designed, and it's very slick. It looks good even on Win98, without alpha blending and in 16 bit color depth.
Personally, I feel that the only reason for releasing this so soon is the hype factor. And it worked. The new version is translated to more languages than 7-Zip, and it was featured on major Internet sites even in 'vaporware' state. That's quite a feat for such a incomplete program.
Another thing to mention is that, although some sites dubbed this one as the "iTunes killer", it's nothing near to that, as it sports more or less some of the problems currently plaguing iTunes (memory hog, lots of components, high system requirements...). Pioneers of the Inevitable had to do better if they want to release a REAL app (and not tons of hype). Now this looks as a bad Mini-Review...