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About patents... typically the hardware for these gadgets includes a hardware MP3 decoder
on-chip, and the vendor gets a license along with the chip, so it's actually easier for player
vendors than it would be for Red Hat.
Posted Mar 13, 2008 11:38 UTC (Thu) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
I can't think of a current MP3 player which does MP3 decoding in hardware. One of the reasons
for the huge delay before the not-release of Rockbox 3 was the implementation of a software
codec layer (with the corresponding explosion of supported codec format), because the Archos
was the only platform Rockbox worked on which had a chip to do it. Everything else uses CPUs:
it's cheaper (modulo patent rubbish), more flexible, and with modern CPUs faster too.
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