Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 9th Jan 2010 19:52 UTC, submitted by John Mills
Multimedia, AV Songbird, the open source iTunes alternative (which we reported on earlier), has landed a big deal with Philips. The Dutch electronics manufacturer will bundle Songbird with its GoGear line of .mp3 players as the music management and sync tool. While this is good news for Songbird, there are is a catch.
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Stupid
by WereCatf on Sat 9th Jan 2010 20:43 UTC
WereCatf
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2006-02-15

It's stupid to leave the firmware updating part as closed-source. What do they expect to gain from it?

If they had opened it up they'd have loads of people at their hands who could keep it up-to-date and fix bugs if there appears such. Now they have to do it themselves, and given their track record they probably won't be updating their version of Songbird too often.

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RE: Stupid
by Luminair on Sun 10th Jan 2010 03:29 in reply to "Stupid"
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2007-03-30

it costs money to open source it and since they don't expect benefit from doing so, they expect to gain not spending that money

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