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  Porting Linux to the iPod
Subject:   Interesting
Date:   2003-09-26 10:37:27
From:   anonymous2
Interesting exercise, but what is the point? Why would I want to run Linux, when all I want to do is listen to my music, which iPod does very nicely w/o going through all this hassle.
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  • Ogg, of course.
    2003-09-26 11:34:17  anonymous2 [View]

    The factory version of the Ipod won't play my
    Ogg files. What good is it without Ogg support?

    That aside, it's a compact portable computer
    that just happens to be marketed as a music
    player. Whatever you program it to do, you
    get the benefit of its mass-produced low(ish)
    price. So your question is, why in the world
    would anyone want a computer the size of an
    iPod?

    Lots of people wouldn't pay $300 for a
    lousy music player, but would happily pay that
    for something they find actally useful.
    • Ogg, of course.
      2003-09-26 13:27:58  anonymous2 [View]

      Ogg? Who uses that other than FSF drones?
      • Ogg, of course.
        2003-09-27 03:44:25  anonymous2 [View]

        Ogg is patent free technology while Mp3 is not. So if you are company whatever using iPOD you may be sued because of using patented technology (I dont think that private users will be sued ever but who knows). Also Ogg is a but superior technology compared to mp3! Also maybe newer and MUCH better formats will be crated n the future so you will have Linux to plaer for that etc. And for general purposes as well, which is not targeted for iPOD by its creator can be possible witjh a general purpose OS running inside it!
        • Ogg, of course.
          2003-09-29 10:01:59  anonymous2 [View]

          Well Betamax was better than VHS. We saw what happened there.
          • Ogg, of course.
            2003-09-30 08:42:07  anonymous2 [View]

            Yes, but Betamax was also proprietary, as is Mini-Disc, and we are seeing what's happening to them.
            • Ogg, of course.
              2004-01-14 10:39:08  anonymous2 [View]

              There's more to it than just the system being proprietary. Some economic issues generally known as network externalities. Look into it, some quite fascinating stuff.
        • Fee fie foe FUD
          2003-09-29 13:21:24  anonymous2 [View]

          Doesn't matter if MP3 is patented. Apple has already paid any fees involved. "company whatever using iPOD" will not be sued. Are you worried that Intel might come along and sue you for using a PC? It's pretty much the same thing.

          AAC is also superior technology to MP3, and the iPod was updated very easily to play that, without the massive overhead of Linux. If a superior format becomes more commonplace, I have no doubt the iPod will be updated to play it.
          • Fee fie foe FUD
            2003-09-30 06:25:58  anonymous2 [View]

            Apple paid a lot of money in licensing for the mpeg-4 which is used in AAC. They are not about to support Ogg Vorbis which happens to be superior to AAC except at bitrates lower than 128.

            I own an iPod but I would pay Apple another $100 to include Ogg Vorbis support.
      • Ogg, of course.
        2003-09-29 20:04:08  anonymous2 [View]

        Yes, just like anyone who doesn't want to be tied down to .doc or Internet Explorer must be an "FSF drone". :-P
  • Interesting
    2003-09-27 02:21:06  anonymous2 [View]

    Did you read the article?

    The authour of the project mentioned a killer application:

    When you are on vacation and not carrying a notebook, you can use your iPod to offload all the digital photos you take.