Article in: Product Reviews
January 29, 2008
It’s been a year since we got our birdJam software and reviewed it here on the blog. A year later birdJam is still helping us learn bird songs at home and in the field.
Here are 6 reasons why we love the birdJam software:
- Removal of name identification – the top reason to get birdJam software is because it removes the voice that calls out the names of the birds. While this might seem like an odd thing to do when learning bird songs, it is important for two reasons: when learning a bird song it is important to know the name AFTER hearing the sound, not before. You can look at the name of the bird afterwards. The second reason, see #2
- Use in the field – by removing the voices, you can play back bird calls in the field to attract birds. There are obvious ethical implications involved when doing this and we suggest reading the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics (1b).
iMainGo is a battery-operated portable speaker for use in the field
- Used with an iPod – there are many types of mp3 players out there but Apple’s iPod is still the top of the line. With this comes a notable price difference, but the cost of iPod Nanos has gone down considerably and there are many options available. birdJam software is designed to be used with iTunes (the music software for iPods) so the two work wonderfully together.
- Easy to use – installing the software is easy with detailed instructions that guide you through a few clicks
- Packaged deals available – while we already owned an iPod and the Stoke’s CDs when we bought the birdJam software, there are many packaged deals available, including the fully loaded 8GB iPod Touch
- Add-on modules – birdJam offers software for eastern and western bird species but is always adding new modules. They currently have add-ons for SE Arizona & Sonora, Mexico and Costa Rica: Caribbean Slope.
We have used birdJam numerous times in the field, including on Christmas Bird Counts to call in birds, a birding trip where we had to determine if the bird in question was a Louisiana or Northern Waterthrush, and other times when trying to call out owls in the night. At home, the software is used a lot to teach kids and ourselves bird songs. With the playlists (both provided and added ourselves), we can select a set of birds to study, such as warblers in the spring.
Last year’s birdJam review we gave 10 out of 10 feathers and we feel that rating still stands strong.