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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Sane isn't "competitive"
by jabbotts on Sat 9th Jan 2010 21:27 UTC
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In today's short sighted business management, sane isn't "competitive". It's all about whatever drives a short term profit spike for the manager before they get premonition or move on (leaving the resulting mess behind).

In a sane world, industry standards would be preferred over hardware specific drivers. Where drivers where needed, source or interface specs would be released for all platform developers to adopt. Actually, when I was still buying mp3 players, the first requirement was a flashdrive mode; no platform dependencies.. just let it appear as a removable drive so I can copy my music too it and go. Dealing with my first mp3 player and specialty media manager app was what solidified this for me. Even now, my omni-gadget can provide a flashdrive mode if needed though a simple rsync/ssh works just as well.

Yes, madness that this limitations are imposed on the technology but give business need for short term profits and consumer need for purchase of blinky lights with minimum thought, this is the technology market rational thought must contend with.

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