Can Open Source Outdo the IPod?

Consumer electronics manufacturer Neuros Audio is tapping the open-source community to convert its upcoming portable media player from iPod road kill into a contender.

This could be a stroke of genius. Open-source Linux has taken on Microsoft’s dominant Windows operating system, and Mozilla has challenged the ubiquitous Internet Explorer web browser. In the same way, open source would seem suited to breaking Apple Computer’s digital music stranglehold. Open-source geeks might not represent the typical consumer, demographics-wise. But hackers don’t like to waste time with a clumsy user interface.

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