> Going with a decoder chip would have been death in the long-term. When
> MPEG audio layer 4 takes over, hardwired decoder chip solutions will
> be obsolete.
> The Empeg is nominally consumer-oriented, an upgrade path to any digital
> music format that might become popular (whether defined by the MPEG
> consortium or otherwise) is needed.
> Such generality requires a programmable chip. Going with a Pentium-class
> CPU, and Linux is a good choice because by the time some new music
> format is popular enough to warrant an official upgrade, chances are
> that some hacker will have coded a player and released it GPL.
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