Songbird Lands Deal With Philips, To Come Bundled With Millions Of Portable MP3 Players
Don't count Songbird out yet. The open source media player that's increasingly positioning itself as an alternative to Apple's iTunes has forged a deal with global electronics maker Philips. Under the agreement, which will be announced later today at CES, Songbird's software will come bundled with the Philips line of GoGear portable music players, available worldwide. We first reported a partnership between Philips and Songbird back in September, but details were vague at that point. Songbird will be releasing a Philips-branded version of its software with a few key differences, most important of which will be the application's native support for each GoGear device. While Songbird offers support for some portable music devices (they recently upgraded their support last week), the experience for users isn't always as seamless as they typically get from the ubiquitous iPod/iTunes combo. The Philips-branded version of Songbird will be custom tailored for the GoGear devices, which means it will recognize exactly which device you plug in and which features that device supports (the same way iTunes knows if you plug in a Nano vs an iPhone). The application can be used for song purchases and playlist management, as well as firmware updates.