I have been reading reviews and listening to the buzz about birdJam and decided it was time to order. I had purchased an iPod video with the intentions of loading all my bird sounds onto it so I could study while at work. (Even marketing can get a bit boring at times). The problem was this: the bird tracks all had narrations and to find the one I wanted took several minutes at a time or I had to create playlists on my own, another time-consuming task.
Enter birdJam. This sophisticated software enabled me to quickly and easily create a birdPod out of my iPod.
- Removes bird name narration at the beginning of each bird song track.
- Splits double tracks into single tracks so each bird has its own track for fast and easy access.
- Ensures bird names are consistent and follow the naming format used by most birding field guides’ indexes.
- Adds bird family information, scientific names and bird song descriptions.
- Includes more than 75 playlists of bird songs organized by habitat and logical bird groups.
Tech specs / requirements:
- Software runs on Windows XP or Mac OS X
- Can be downloaded (no extra charge) or shipped in the box ($10.00 extra)
- Requires .Net environment on Windows XP (which I had to download [free] as I did not have it)
- Takes very little hard drive space
- Requires Stokes CDs – East, West or Both to be loaded into your iTunes library
**Note – I had modified some of my Stokes CD tracks so had to re-install the CD library – birdJam requires all the tracks to be installed so it can properly edit them and add playlists**
The installation was super simple allthough I am rather computer savvy so I might not be the best judge. But the software tells you step-by-step what to do. In less than 20 minutes or so, the narration’s gone, the tracks are split, the playlists are added and your bird songs are ready to be listened to.
Drawback – cost. At $99.00 I was a little hesitant at first to purchase. But the features really are worth it. By removing the narration and splitting the tracks I can quiz myself on bird sounds without the spoilers. Each bird can be found easier since no two birds are sharing tracks anymore (a really annoying thing about the CDs).
The playlists are well done and useful – I have been listening to the warblers at work but can easily switch to sparrows, wetlands, or others. The song descriptions and photos (of some of the birds) help to aid the learning process.
The only other minor flaw I’ve discovered is that a few of the tracks weren’t split 100% accurately. The bird sound is still all there, but you get a little chunk of voice that is hardly noticeable. This could be partially caused by the importation of the tracks into iTunes, but it really isn’t a problem.
We give the birdJam 10 out of 10 feathers.