Michael Robertson, the founder of mp3.com, has been investing him money in many interesting, and rather ambitious ways that we’ve covered, such as a competitor to Windows OS – Linspire; a Skype competitor – Gizmo and the familiar ground of mp3 services – MP3tunes.
Part of MP3Tunes is a Music Locker, that lets you save all of your music online – for free – giving you access to it from any (Internet-enabled) location and on a wide range of devices.
Wisely Robertson realised that it just wasn’t practical for his organisation to write an MP3Tunes player for each and every hardware platform, so he put up $10,000 prize money for a competition in September. Ten categories were defined, each with $1,000 prize money attached.
The first half of the winners is available today with players for the Nintendo Wii; Sony PS3; Windows- powered Mobile Devices; Internet-device, Chumby; and Java development environment, Eclipse are on the list.
We’ve taken a look at the Wii & PS3 versions and see that they’re Web-based services that console owners would point their Web browsers at play back the music.
The interfaces have been designed to match the navigation abilities and interfaces of the consoles, particularly well done in the Wii rendition.