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Subject: Re: Praise + What does Archos think of this?
From: Björn Stenberg (bjorn_at_haxx.se)
Date: 2003-04-07


Eric Woudenberg, Minidisc.org Editor wrote:
> What an amazing job! My son downloaded v1.4 onto his AJBR last night
> and eagerly called me over to see it "Dad, check this out, it's
> incredible!". He was amazed -- everything was faster, better, and more
> bulletproof than the stock Archos code. And he has stopped his
> hankering for an iPOD. Good work gentlemen!

Thanks. You should recommend him try the daily builds. Much has been improved since the 1.4 release. Version 2.0 will be released soon.

> Here is a question I could not find addressed in the FAQ: Has Archos
> been in contact with you at all? How do they view your work? (Can they
> possibly mind that someone has written software that makes their
> devices even more useful?). Have they asked about using any of your
> code or ideas?

I have spoken to Archos in emails and on the phone. Basically, in their own words, they "like anyone who likes their products". They do not mind what we are doing, but also do not support it in any way. I have repeatedly asked for information but they always refuse to help.

They did, late in 2002, ask for permission to include 1.4 on the support CD for the Studio models. I gave them permission but so far I have heard nothing about it becoming reality.

Apparently the techies at Archos like what we do, but the management seems to think that helping us will help their commercial competitors. I don't agree, but then I don't run the company.

-- 
Björn



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