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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by JrezIN on Sun 10th Jan 2010 20:29 UTC
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Nice post. Can't agree more.

The branding thing may not bother to everyone using it direct from the included CD... and also would't bother me if users can download the thing from the official program's website and did have access to all features. The device-stage-like solution would be nice (even better would be some kind of standard to be followed by any program/OS)...

Also, using programs to sync these data and updating feels like using very old computers and their data ports... and standard, USB these days, cable AND interface and a file manager should be all you needed... (but probably old BeOS users would probably be the ones who really understand this concept...).

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