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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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Tue 12th Jan 2010 01:57 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
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I'm a little curious about how you use your MP3 player: my iRiver has something like 8GB capacity, and I only really hit that limit when I start copying movies to it. There's usually not nearly 8GB of music that I'd actually want to have available to pick from at any given time. (8GB gets me all my Fatboy Slim, TCM, Chemical Brothers, and Prodigy at least.) Are you using FLACs or some other lossles codec?

I have around 150GB of music with many that I am unwilling not to carry with me when I go out. I have alot of discographies; Nick Cave and the Bad seeds, The Smiths for example would end up using over half the space on your iriver. As for the ripping quality, I use XLD with AAC set at 'True VBR' with the quality rating at 100 (which is around 256).

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