NewsForge: Open Source Audio Applications Need to Learn from Listeners
May 30, 2006, 11:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Willis)
"Ask anyone what they use their computer for, and 'listening to
music' will no doubt be high on the list. Regrettably, there aren't
any Linux applications designed let us do that. Sure, there are
applications designed to accomplish data-centric tasks like 'play
and manage digital audio files' and 'control an FM radio tuner
card.' These are two very different tasks from a programming
standpoint, but interchangeable from the point of view of a user
who just wants to listen to music.
"Home and car stereos and portable devices all integrate
disparate functions. No doubt it is a complex engineering problem
for Blaupunkt and Sony, but by focusing on the user's tasks they
create a far better product..."