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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by brainsik on Sun 7th Dec 2008 01:37 UTC
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Unfortunately, I found this review far more reactionary than informative. A good iTunes / Songbird comparison would have been a great article.

This part bothered me the most:

Hmm, checked by default. Personally, I'd close and remove the app right now. I find that kind of behaviour massively disrespectful. Real were pulling this stunt years ago and I still don't trust any software that asks for an email address, optional or not.

The reason Real got in trouble is because they were sending a GUID with the metrics. In other words, their metrics were not anonymous. These metrics are and as such, have nothing to do with Real or those privacy issues. Continuing with a random opinion about generally not trusting software that has a way for you to put in an email address certainly wasn't helpful.

Privacy issues can be complicated and important. Misinformed side-comments like these create more confusion instead of clarity.

Edited 2008-12-07 01:42 UTC

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