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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..."

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