Mandriva 2006 to be 1st Linux Desktop to Offer Built-in Online Music Service Feature Through Mindawn
The Mindawn Platform Makes it Easy for Linux Users to Access a Growing Library of Diverse Music
Feb. 23, 2006 01:00 AM
Mandriva and The Kompany, the creator of Mindawn, a Linux-friendly online music and video service, have announced their partnership to provide customers with built-in software to take advantage of legitimate digital content using Mandriva Linux 2006. Thanks to the collaboration between the two companies, Mandriva Linux 2006 users can access high quality music and video files at the Mindawn website.
Mindawn has been supporting Linux for over a year. The Mindawn platform makes it easy and convenient for Linux users to access a growing library of diverse music. Mindawn is open to all artists as well as all consumers, so the many amateur, home and professional musicians using Rosegarden, Ardour or any of the other music sequencing and recording systems available for Linux have a ready-made channel to distribute their music.
Most online music services tie the user to one or at best two computer platforms: iTunes is only for Mac OS X and Windows; Napster is Windows-only. Mindawn, on the other hand, works with all three major platforms including Linux. With Mindawn's cross-platform client software, users can hear a full preview of the entire song, unlike competing services which only offer brief excerpts.
Customers can perform any function of the system on the Mindawn website aside from previewing songs, which requires the Mindawn player. This software allows customers to preview a song up to three times in full length, without having to pay for it. When users are ready to buy, the player will provide several download and file format options. Mindawn's player is a full featured audio client with robust library capability and integrated Internet radio client.
Mindawn's competitors typically offer music files that are reduced in quality through what's called "lossy compression". The more compressed a file is, the greater the loss in sound quality. By contrast, Mindawn offers its files in both Ogg Vorbis and FLAC formats. Ogg Vorbis employs lossy compression, but unlike MP3, is a totally free and open sound format. It offers superior sound quality compared to MP3 and other lossy compression techniques. Meanwhile, FLAC employs lossless compression, allowing it to offer full CD quality in a file 50% smaller than a WAV file. FLAC can easily be converted to AIFF or WAV files and burned to disc for use in standard CD players. It can also be converted to virtually any other lossy format for use on any portable media player.