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Subject: Re: iRiver - good? open?
From: Mat Holton (mathew.holton_at_surface-inspection.com)
Date: 2004-09-02


 Well, in that case it's high time that a group of people came together and designed/produced
an open source hardware/software MP3 player! All high quality parts, unbreakable!
We talked about something like this ages ago but nothing came of it...I guess it would need a lot
of capitol.

-----Original Message-----From: blaou <blaou_at_gmx.net>To: Rockbox development <rockbox_at_cool.haxx.se>Sent: 02/09/2004 00:29Subject: Re: iRiver - good? open?The industry never did that with walkmen or CD-Players - they usually

broke down after 6-12 months (usually the time of guarantee) and still

everyone bought a new one just because you needed one and had now

choice. In fact, there's an economic term for it: built-in redundancy.

They test and build things so they break down after a certain time -

everything else would be silly!! They need to sell new stuff, that's how

the whole economic system works - selling & buying, selling & buying.

Every too good and longlasting a product kills a company on the long

term. Now with 2 years guarantee in Europe it might get better, but I

don't have hope....

On Wed, 01 Sep 2004 16:59:23 +0100

"Mat Holton" <mathew.holton_at_surface-inspection.com> wrote:

> I find it slightly depressing that techy toys like mp3 players aren't

> designed to last a life-time. It's obvious why the makers do this - if

> they lasted forever, why would anyone buy another mp3 player?

>

> I think once features/size etc. become a standard, manafacturers will

> start making mp3 players last longer. In fact it will probably

> eventually become a selling point: "Buy our mp3 player - it's

> unbreakable!"

>

> If my archos lasted forever I would be happy - just need a bigger

> drive...

>

> mat

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