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WiFi PDA Meets Linux--Part 5

Music To Work By

  • August 26, 2005
  • By Rob Reilly

The thought of playing music on a pricey PDA might make corporate bean counters cringe.

That is, until you stop and think that offering various audio products, sales pitches, and info casts to customers and employees via their WiFi PDA might be a good thing. And, why plop down a couple of Franklins for one of those dedicated music players that make you download via USB? Shoot... they don't even have an address book or web browser!

PDAs like the HP 3715 have media players that let you listen to MP3s stored on the SD card. Sure you can stream from a Windows box, with some kind of a proprietary server. But you can't listen to Ogg files or other content that reside on networked Samba/Linux file or Shoutcast streaming servers.

GSPlayer is a great replacement for those weak, bundled media players, on the iPAQ. Better still is that the source code has also been released under the GPL so you can mod it to your little heart's content.

Any little wheels turning inside your head, yet?

Let's see how you can put GSPlayer to use with your Linux/WiFi powered network.

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