Off-topic, but interesting: Cool Tech Zone has launched a crowdfunded project to manufacture the Tangara, an open source portable music player, based on the iconic design of the original Apple iPod.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
“Tangara is a portable music player. It outputs high-quality sound through a 3.5 mm headphone jack or Bluetooth, has great battery life, and includes a processor that’s powerful enough to support any audio format you can throw at it.
It’s also 100% open hardware running open-source software, which makes it easy to customize, repair, and upgrade.
Listen to music, audio books, and podcasts on a purpose-built device with a tried-and-true form factor, a familiar user interface, and no interest in your data. Or tear it apart and put it back together again. By tweaking our current firmware, you can experiment with alternative user-interface patterns, new types of content, tracker-based music production, alarm-clock applications, and much more.”
The Tangara expands on the capabilities of the original iPod by adding a capacitive touchwheel interface, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB-C connectivity, an upgradable battery, a color display, SDXC storage up to 2TB and more.
Pricing and Availability:
The Tangara is available to project backers for $249 USD.
Note: Crowdfunded projects can involve risk. See the project site for details.