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]: Mine
by Cymro on Tue 12th Jan 2010 13:02 UTC in reply to "RE: Mine"
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You could've downloaded the Gonzo 2.0 feather/skin to get your old look back.

Still, I wonder if Songbird needs better developers. It constantly seems like they're taking two steps forward and two steps back.

They started with a browser/music player years ago but have failed to optimise the music side of things so badly that it routinely hangs on clicking something, after taking an eternity to launch in the first place. It's better than it was, but that was a low benchmark.

They're continually rewriting things like the theming system but never meeting what's on the roadmap, and releasing versions where the only major new features are Windows-only.

At the same time, features have a habit of disappearing (like watch folders which disappeared for a year or two). I just noticed that the browser bizarrely no longer does bookmarks (there is an add-on though) That shouldn't happen!

On the other hand, a music player with a browser and Songbird's large collection of add-ons is an amazing thing. It's frustrating that they can't get the thing to launch quickly, scroll through some tracks and play some music without hanging for 10 seconds.

I really hope they can sort themselves out, but that depends more on whether the competition gives them the time. With time, I'm sure they will, but I reckon a bunch of talented developers would run circles around Songbird by using QT & WebKit.

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