Yes, archive log can duplicated in multiple locations, and in many cases
delete all is what you normally do.
But sometimes you may want to control one or more location without rman. For instance, Data Guard is not available in Standard Edition. However, couple simple shell scripts can replace it to some extent . Surely, it's not a full substitution, but it's enough for most small-to-medium systems that use Oracle DB . All you need is to reliably copy archive logs from one host to another, and restore them. It's much better to give full control over one of archive log destinations to these scripts (or maybe homebrew applications or third party products) , so they can decide when it's safe to delete them.