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July 14, 2002

My Dream Gadget

I've also been thinking a lot about how music might work in a distributed environment in the home. Some of you will remember my rants on the pros and cons of iTunes if you're not using it for purely personal consumption and have 11GB of (legit) MP3s on your machine, so I'll skip over that.

What I need is a gizmo that does the following:

Input: Ethernet port for connecting to network. It'll talk Appletalk/TCPIP/whatever and connec to multiple directories on multiple servers.
Output: high-quality soundcard leading to stereo pair.
Control: cd-player start/stop/pause/skip/repeat controls, an lcd screen and cursor/return keys for using and manipulating and building playlists
Innards: an bit of software to understand networking, mp3 decoding, sound playback and a bit of file management.
Upgrades: via CD from any computer over the network.

Oh, and it would be ideal if it had a remote control and looked as cool as an iPod.

Posted by Tom Dolan at July 14, 2002 06:01 AM

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