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EETimes: OEMs ready to roll on jukeboxes for Net audio

Aug 19, 2000, 16:51 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Audio for the Internet is jumping out of the PC and mobile player and into the home stereo as companies including Compaq, Creative Labs and S3 prepare a generation of digital jukeboxes and Web audio receivers. The OEMs are queuing up their first products in this new category, despite the climate of deep uncertainty surrounding copy protection for digital audio files "ripped" from compact disks or downloaded from the Net."

"Clearly, for new-generation MP3 players, "the new frontier is the home," said Michael Reed, vice president of marketing at S3 Inc.'s Rio Division."

"Competitor S3 is also developing a jukebox slated for launch within the next six months that will come with preloaded music. The Rio jukebox system lets consumers insert a CD, then rip tracks and store music files on its hard drive without the need for a PC. The Rio, which is likely to be based on the Linux operating system (although S3 would not confirm this), will also feature Internet connection to let consumers download music off the Web. The company does not claim that the system will be SDMI compliant."

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