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Open-source Puma takes on iTunes

updated 01:50 pm EDT, Mon April 24, 2006

Puma 0.3.1 released

A developer today announced the arrival of Puma 0.3.1, an open-source media player set to compete with Songbird and iTunes. Still in its early sages, Puma takes a difference stance on modern media player design. "I don't believe that the current standard in user interface is 'how it should be,' and I've got a school full of college students that agree with me," wrote Puma author Nick Meyer. "Web browsers look alike because Web browser interface design has been evolving for a long time, that's not the case with media players. There's plenty of room for improvement and Puma hopes to address those design issues." Songbird -- an open-source alternative to Apple's iTunes -- had industry watchers speculating in early February whether iTunes' real competitor would be a corporation or an open-source project. Apple has managed to retain its hold on the digital music industry, however, and recently celebrated its one-billionth download. The author hopes to have a working version of Puma available for Mac OS X in the near future. Puma 0.3.1 is available for free, and requires Microsoft Windows as well a Java 5.0 JRE.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Ikon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    oh yeah

    That looks like the ultimate iTunes killer!


  1. FastAMX79

    Joined: Dec 1969


    their website...

    says "Pretty Pictures!" for their screenshots. Holy c*** is that one ulgy a** interface! Watch out yeah im sure this will decrown itunes. I'd rather look at PHOTOS OF 68-YEAR-OLD MADELINE ALBRIGHT LEG PRESSING 400 POUNDS IN JUST A THONG!! How about that Puma??

  1. notehead

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Greeeeat. Give me a call when your program is even a tiny bit relevant... or even available. I'd call this MacNN entry premature, at best. Is there that little Mac news these days?

  1. SubPop

    Joined: Dec 1969


    bring it on!

    Competition is good - That's what makes Apple computers so superior to others - Apple has to WORK for your money..

    The last major challenge iTunes had either on Windows or the Mac was Audion, which never really gained a lot of ground, but did have some interesting features that could have given iTunes a run for its mone if they just made it easier to use.

    Of course, being open source, I can see this winding up like most open source projects: full of features regular users would never use, and missing features regular users want but won't see because the users can't program and the community has no desire or motivation to add them.

  1. RevEvs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    MaccNN, worse by the day

    WTF MacNN.

    So why is this story here? It has nothing to do with Mac's.

    OK, so it plays music - which iTunes does - so OMG its related, its a iTunes killer.... oh, wait, no.

    Why do I bother with this site?

  1. bleee

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Why don't you just re skin winamp version 20.x I expected to see something half decent. I love how developers say it's skinnable to make up for the a$$ default interface. I hope its skinnable I really don't know if it is or isn't, if it isn't than hahahahahaha

  1. debohun

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not much new here...

    Interface looks like it was put together with standard widgets. Nothing really innovative. Sad that it requires Java, but then turns around and isn't cross-platform.

  1. Horsepoo!!!

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wow...just, wow!

    At first I thought I'd click the link and be greeted by a nice open source Cocoa app that resembles iTunes but without all the bloat of movie/podcasting and other such features...

    ...but what the f*** is this s***?

  1. grossph

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Change is not always good

    I happen to work as an information architect and deal with usabilit everyday. Let me just say, "College students" are not the average user. I can find a school full of college students that say wearing your pants by your knees is cool. But again that is not the norm. You know why every book has a Table of Contents and Index...because it still works, after hundreds of years no one has improved on the table of contents....Some things work and just keep need to change that to make it "cool" just look at most of the MySpace pages, give the user the ability to "self design" and they will mess it up :-)

  1. WyvernSpirit

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Those college students need to continue and get some design knowledge because that interface is bad. I am not saying the iTunes is the best or can't be improved, but Puma is not the answer, at least not as is. Uggggh.

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