StreetFire Sound Labs open-sources CD music
Monday February 14, 2005 (08:00 AM GMT)
By: Corinne McKay
"The open source community is the ultimate marketing focus group,"
says entrepreneur Stephen Street, whose latest venture, StreetFire
Sound Labs, is taking on traditional stereo equipment manufacturers
in the "living room war" over home media equipment. StreetFire's first
product, the fully open source RBX1600 personal music server, debuted
in the fourth quarter of 2004. The big difference between StreetFire's
$750 server and proprietary systems: "We want people to hack our box,"
says Street. "You know the people hacking their Tivos and running Linux
on their Xboxes? We love those guys!"
San Francisco-based StreetFire Sound Labs spent the past two years
developing the RBX1600, a MontaVista Linux-powered digital audio server
that allows users to control their music collections of up to 1,600
CDs from a Linux, Windows, or Macintosh computer. Using the RBX1600,
users can browse, search, and sort CD title and track information,
create playlists such as those used in MP3 libraries, and soon, stream
CD audio via a home computer network. The device's integrated ports and
interfaces allow and even encourage users to modify it for a variety
of other uses. Promising "MP3 flexibility and CD audio quality," the
RBX1600 is currently for sale exclusively through the StreetFire Web site.
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