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Subject: Re: Archos plans to ship Rockbox with Jukebox Studio

Re: Archos plans to ship Rockbox with Jukebox Studio

From: Chris Houghten <>
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2002 12:32:34 -0500

----- Original Message -----
From: "Stuart Tedford" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2002 11:52 AM
Subject: RE: Archos plans to ship Rockbox with Jukebox Studio

> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Justin Heiner
> > In my opinion it is more than worth it. The goal of most any
> > product is user acceptance, and having archos ship rockbox
> > would get alot more users.
> >
> The thing is, RockBox is not a product by itself, you cannot buy and sell
> RockBoxes - only Archos can do that. More users means more feature
> requests, and we have loads of these already.
> I thought the point of RockBox was to make a certain product do what we
> actually want, not to boost Archoses sales (with absolutely no outlay on
> their part).
> As you can tell, I think this deal is too one sided. What happens to
> RockBox when the AJB line is discontinued, all that time and effort spent
> supporting/making it a better product is wasted. I would love for RockBox
> to continue to grow, but it cant grow if there is nothing to run it on.
> Ask yourselves this question... If your AJB blew-up/got stolen/lost
> would you buy a replacement again straight away without a moments
> hesitation, or would you do a little research into the newer devices that
> are now available? My point is that the AJB range is fast becomming
> obsolete, and I would hate to have to use anything other than RockBox -
> if this new device has bells and whistles that I want/need then I have no
> choice.
I would absolutely go and buy a replacement straight away without a moments
the keyword is "becomming" obsolete. not obsolete yet. the rockbox firmware
coupled with the awesome price of the AJB is too attractive to look
elsewhere yet.
> Archos will probably more likely "borrow ideas" from RockBox for their new
> products, than allow an open source RockBox to run on them.

they don't have a choice but to allow us to run another firmware. it is not
illegal. AND if they do decide to use the ideas from here for future devices
then the work here was not in vane, but rather it woke them up and got them
to finally code what the users want.
Nothing this group did will ever be considered to have been done in vane.
The knowledge gained by the developers by working with this device will
allow them to do similar things for other devices. The whole point of open
source is the advancement of public coding abilities and knowledge.

> Stu.
Received on 2002-12-11

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