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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That was actually one of the reasons I switched away from Linux. I got tired of manually organizing my photos and iPhoto offered a better (and, at the time, mostly unchallenged) way to do things.

The trouble is the file manager cannot have an interface specialized to photo management unless it has some kind of OLE/KParts type system where it is only a container for various component applications whose UIs it continuously morphs into. But, if iPhoto embedded into a Finder window, I don't see how that would benefit the average user to any significant degree.

Personally, I'd prefer one good tool for each job that integrates beautifully with its siblings rather than one mediocre tool for all jobs. Contrary, say, to the attempt to make Konqueror everything in KDE, I think the project was smart to realize the need for a lightweight file manager separate from the web browser so each can be tailored to its own task.

As to music, I'd rather not have to manually create and change the folder structure.

Of course, I also regret the disappearance of spatial file management from the mainstream.

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