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Subject: Re: playlist usability issues
From: Björn Stenberg (bjorn_at_haxx.se)
Date: 2004-04-06


Lucas wrote:
> That's unfortunate. I see that there is a huge emphasis on the voice control
> features for "blind" rockboxing. Hopefully when they're done with that, they
> can get around to working on "party mode".
> ...
> I just hope party mode or some other interface tweaking is on the agenda
> next :)

You appear to make the common mistake of confusing Rockbox development with that of commercial projects. There is not much of an agenda for the development of Rockbox. Anyone who wants to write new features can do that.

The current "huge emphasis" on the voice code is because a single developer, Jörg, decided he wanted to write it. It's not because "Rockbox project management" decided voice support is a more important feature than anything else.

That is the nature of Free Software: People write code that scratches their own itches, or that simply is fun to write. Everybody working with Rockbox is doing it for fun. A wide or narrow audience actually has only little bearing on the choice of features to implement.

The moment someone with a bit of time to spare and the necessary programming skills (or a will to learn them) feels "party mode" is a sufficiently useful feature, it will be written.

(That could be you.)

-- 
Björn
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