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Reply #16 – 2004-05-05 08:04:24
OK. To get down to it:
I'm not going to carry no torch or beat no stick around for the GPL cause. I myself uses what's best for the job. I use EAC not CDex, for instance.... But if it's also open/free, hell, it's an extra bonus. I do also more and more often find open alternatives that offers the better practical solution. (And also: ideology means a bit more than warm fuzzy feelings in a world that's more & more & more MONEY=GOD, even though I'm not too clever myself ) And if people want to use WMP, hell, go along, if it's good for you..... (Personally I don't find the interface very useful and I'm not too crazy 'bout the idea of a player that by default reports my user habits to Redmond, but, heck, that's just my personal preferences.....) But there are some issues I want to beat a little: First of all, the original poster is aiming at making a website that is intended as a public service if I understand this right. Maybe it's just my unfashionable scandinavian socialdemocratic upbringing, but by public service I do understand available to all. Shutting out people that don't want to use Windows (not to say IE, which I guess is a prerequisite for browserembedded wma, correct me if I'm wrong), is unacceptable by these standards for me... ...Here SPEEX BTW could be a real contender, since it gives good speech playback at bitrates so low that even modem users will have no problems. There should have been developed some speex browserplugs for Opera, Mozilla and IE, so that it would be just like if you want to view Flash content you have to install the Flash plugin... people don't find that too hard.... Also, for the poster (even though legislation is probably (?) quite relaxed in Vietnam), using open software for a public service will keep his back free for all forseeable future... (probably not important, but all the security you can get...) And: Poster also mentions encoding & upload by users. I tried to encode some wma files; Well, first I have to do a 9,5 Mb download, and then I get something that's got an interface so easy and intuitive that I guess even Einstein or Salvador Dali would shrink from trying... Stupid me had to set it up through foobar2000 cli to be able to encode anything at all... But hey! ... having fb2k downloaded & installed I can just download some small binary and encode something easy like vorbis, speex, mp3, aac instead..... (BTW: wheres your recommendation for HE AAC, rjamorim? )