Crowdfunding is by now a well established route for startups to raise the capital they need to develop, manufacture and market a new product.

But Olive Media, a seven-year-old San Francisco-based company whose high performance audio servers are a favourite among audiophiles, has adopted the crowdfunding model to launch the Olive ONE, which it claims is the first all-in-one high definition (HD) music player. Read more

The DRM music struggle has been largely won for consumers – even Apple now lets you download and move your music around freely, compared to its former restrictions.

So, onto the next battle. The MP3 is no longer our friend, fellow music lovers, we must fight for a better quality listen.

(This review was originally published on July 22 2009) Read more