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It reads iTunes libraries (including those irritatingly hidden away on iPods/Phones) and syncs to lots of devices quite nicely.
It's not exactly full-featured enough yet to use as your main media player, but it's really useful for moving stuff between devices.
Microsoft has a slightly different content policy on their machine.
They keep a very tight hold on what may live on their platform, and generally they try to "monetize" whatever goes on it.
No web browser, no youtube, no BBC iPlayer.
They have started to slowly embrace the concept user-created-content (and eventually free-as-in-beer content) through XNA, but the real ethos of Xbox is the ultimate walled-garden, money-tree entertainment device. Time will tell as to whether this is the best avenue for them to go down.
"These games are adapted to the linguistic and cultural requirements of the respective market, and then cross-media and innovative viral campaigns are used to advertise and promote them to their target audiences", reads its website.
Ryzon saw a surge of interest in the last several weeks as many had hoped that it would be purchased and released as open source software that could be adapted and reused by the open source community. Sadly, it would apppear that this is not to be. The game servers, however, should be back up in time for Christmas so those who really enjoyed it may still do so through a Gameforge account."
Software for Starving Students is a free collection of programs organized for students (but available to anyone). They've gathered a list of best-in-class programs onto one CD (one disc for OS X, one for Windows), including a fully-featured office suite, a cutting-edge web browser, multi-media packages, academic tools, utilities and more.
* Project homepage: http://softwarefor.org/
* A complete list of included titles: http://softwarefor.org/faq.html#q5
Please help us them by seeding the torrent, spreading the word, and burning copies for your friends and family. (Nothing spreads holiday cheer like good, free software.)"