Open source Songbird to begin shipping with millions of MP3 players
The news is a major win for Songbird and open source software in general. It's also the kind of distribution deal that you don't often hear about for a piece of OSS. I'm still waiting for the day when laptops start showing up on retail shelves with Firefox preinstalled...
It's also a win for Philips, since lower-price MP3 players like theirs are often saddled with substandard software. Songbird gives them a sexy, extensible, and feature-rich application to ship.
Some GoGear players will include Songbird on their internal storage, while others will include an install CD. Initially only a Windows version will be provided - Mac support out-of-the-box is coming soon. I'm not sure that matters a heck of a lot anyway - don't nearly all Mac users buy iPods?