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thunderbird: it depends what you have downloaded. YOu may have the source in which case you call './configure' 'make', 'make install'. if you have have downloaded something else is should be .rpm files and you can use YUM to install.
good MP3 player: xmms is a common and well developed
64 bit: this makes some things a bit more difficult finding apps and often they do not supply 64 bit versions. in this case you will need to use chroot to install the 32 bit version. 64 bit gives a slight speed increase but not very noticable i think. Might be easier for a newbie to use 32 bit.
2 harddrives: you could try installing linux NTFS drivers because there isnt kernel support yet for NTFS filesystems as far as i know. A simpler way though would be to make a partition that can be used by both OSes. You should format as FAT32 since it works in both linux and windows.
An excellent MP3 player is Amarok. You will need KDE installed to run this, but it is the best (IMO) music player for linux.
You can install it from add / remove programs. Another music player that is pretty good is Rhythm Box, which is installed by default.
As for the 64bit version, there is heaps of software available through add/remove programs, all of which will run on x86_64. Some programs,
such as Flash Player will not run.