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May 06, 2009, 23:31 (0 Talkback[s])
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"There seems to be a real appetite for an AGPL web service of this kind. In the short time since I first wrote about it the project has picked names for its components. The server back end will be called GNUkebox and the client is to be dubbed Nixtape (sorry for the terrible pun). Slightly odd names perhaps but I particularly like Nixtape. According to the development road map as of May 4th (Star Wars day) the service has 4000 users and 3 million plays have already been submitted. That's pretty staggering for something that only began a few weeks ago. On a personal note, I've managed to get everything set up on my desktop and I'm now reporting tracks to I've also imported all of my data from You can see my account at and marvel at my eclectic musical tastes. I use Rhythmbox as my primary music player and in order to submit tracks to I had to do a little hack on my hosts file. Now, this may seem daunting but really it's pretty simple.

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