Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 4th Dec 2008 18:20 UTC
Editorial Songbird is a new open-source music player that has this week landed at 1.0. Songbird is described as a "web player"- a music player for this modern, connected era. It blends the web-rendering core of Firefox (Gecko), with the media capabilities of GStreamer- a cross-platform, open-source media playback engine.
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and (2) it forces you to "import" the files, i.e. to move them into newly created directories, with file names chosen by iTunes itself. The latter urged me to seek for alternatives.

Ran into the same thing with an external HD loaded with mp3s attached to a Mac. But I seem to remember I was able to tell it not to move the files and just index them where they were.

Of course, it bothered me that was the default, but it makes sense with what they are doing. You deal with music with your music app, not the filemanager. Photos with your photo app, not the filemanager. And of course there's spotlight if you actually do need to find a file for some strange reason.

Apparently directory trees are too hard to understand (see the many recent filemanagers that do away with it), and seeing the average computer user flail around when I ask them where something is installed, Apple might be on to something. Let the music manager handle the music, but leave the option for us to organize it ourselves into directories and whatever. And like I said, I'm pretty sure that option is there.

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