- Until 9/30 most all of the CDs are $7 which includes a physical CD and 192K MP3 files loaded nicely and permanently into your locker.
- One poster complained you can't download the MP3 file without installing an application. That's inaccurate. You can download all the tracks individually directly from the locker - no application install required. Just click on the triangle in the flash UI and select "download".
- We do provide several different applications for your convenience all of which work on Linux as well as the other PC OSes. There's an Album Downloader which will with one click download any new purchases and load into iTunes or your fave media player. There's also Locker Sync 3.0 which will sync your entire music library from locker to PC. So lots of different options.
- Slashdotters might be interested in our API (see: http://mp3tunes.com/api). My vision is all your music goes into your personal locker and then with a click can be streamed or synced to ANY device in the world. It's a very open view of the world and of your media. We have 100,000 lockers and a great list of devices coming by this holiday season all of which talk directly to a locker. We're even having a contest to spur developers for $10,000 to come up with new music devices/interfaces: See http://mp3tunes.com/contest
Perforce concentrates on doing one thing well - tracking of software changes. It is not intended to be a work tracking system, which some of the more expensive products provide. It does not provide a GUI (although, why would you ever want to leave emacs anyway?). We use it integrated with our own web-based work management system and did not have to adapt our practices to it. The merge capability is excellent.
It's weakness are tolerable and somewhat unobvious. We felt it important to be able to compare changes in aggregate releases for debugging and reporting purposes. We found no products that do this well. The bookkeeping for this is a little tedious in Perforce and somewhat prone to misreporting old changes from deleted files. The form-based interface can also be a little confusing for things like branching - I see no reason why this could not be simplified.
In looking at configuration management, I think you have to concentrate on some of the basic principals:
like always knowing what you have
like being able to monitor changes in the software
like the tool being an aide to getting work done, not a barrier
like the tool supporting your change process, not imposing it's own
It is very difficult to evaluate some these products (mainly due to pushy sales people). Perforce was easy to evaluate and worked well for us. Putting in Perforce (migrating from CVS) was easy. Don't be fooled by a fancy GUI.
To understand a program you must become both the machine and the program.