Songbird is basically what would happen if iTunes and Firefox got together and made some sweet love'n. However Songbird isn't some sort of bastard offspring, it's had it's gene's manipulated to remove walled garden of iTunes and any trace of Steve Job's freakish control over your media.
I just heard this on NPR, EMI has reached an agreement with Apple. This is simply a small step, however it's going to cost 30 cents more. at $1.29 instead of $0.99. Also, the audio quality, I'm guessing the bit-rate, will be higher. I think this is a good move, obviously we won't move straight into DRM territory. Also, in my opinion, this is good, most people just buy the singles anyways. Maybe this will help the sales of other songs as well? I know that it has been said that the single died with the advent of the CD.