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Open sound series: Part 3 - Ampache

Jul 26, 2010, 11:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Travis Kepley)

"Building a community is core to all open source projects. In fact, an open source project that lacks a community is likely missing the point of being open source. So what happens when your open project is designed to create communities?

"While thinking of the next article for the Open Sound Series, I was listening to some music via Ampache. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Ampache, it is simply a piece of software that allows you to upload, download, and stream music (and now videos) from a collection of media residing on a server. It features the ability to have multiple catalogs, ratings of songs and videos, playlist creation (including "democratic playlists" that users vote for), tag editing, album art and streaming various formats of music. While most software designed to listen to music does many of the same things, Ampache is then able to take it a step further by adding the idea of concurrent users of a single instance of the software.

"So while listening to something my wife was probably telling me to turn down, I realized that Ampache belongs to a breed of open source software (along with projects like Drupal and PHPBB) that has a community of developers creating software that is designed to build communities"

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