Introducing Project Opus

Nikolaj Hald Nielsen nhnfreespirit at
Wed Nov 15 16:32:21 UTC 2006

Hi David.

For our recent 1.4.4 release we added support for the music
store into Amarok. Following that we have had a few mails from other
parties, like yourself, who are interested in a similar arrangement. I will
start by repeating one of my previous answers to such a request.

"Personally I would love to integrate your (and any other interested
DRM-free music stores) into Amarok if we can find a nice clean way of
doing so. At the moment however, I think we, the Amarok crew, really
need to polish the music store concept with the one we already have
before branching out. This is very much a learning experience for us,
and we are getting tons of feedback and suggestions we need to look

Also, it might be beneficial to work out some standard interface that
music stores could follow that would make integration with 3rd party
programs easy instead of us having to write a completely new
integration each time. Off the top of my head I'm thinking something
along the lines of a xml schema for publishing the store catalogue and a
standardized purchasing and downloading interface.

These are my thoughts at the moment. I am definitely interested in
working with you, but I really think we need some time to learn from
what we already before really committing to any new partnerships."

As far as I can tell from you site, your service goes somewhat beyond that
of a "mere" music Store but I think most of my reply above is still valid.
So the interest is definitively there, but we need some time to iron out
what we already have and to figure out how to proceed since there seems to
be a lot of interest in this kind of integration.

These are purely my own thoughts since these subjects are very much open to
discussion within the Amarok project at the moment.

- Nikolaj

On 11/15/06, David Gratton <David.Gratton at> wrote:
> Hello,
> My name is David Gratton. I'm the founder of Project Opus <http://
>>, I am contacting you to see if there is anyway
> that we could work together. Our site offers DRM free music with full
> length preview tracks. Some of the music is offered for free
> download. Artists receive a minimum of 50% of the sale price of a
> song.  Your project seems to be aligned with our values, so I thought
> there might be an opportunity for collaboration.
> I look forward to hearing from you,
> Kind regards,
> David Gratton
> Project Opus
> #404, 329 Railway Street
> Vancouver BC Canada
> V6A 1A4
> (604) 685-2454
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