Open Source Software: 55 Multimedia Apps

by Cynthia Harvey

Looking for free open source software to handle your multimedia files? We’ve got 55 titles that replace pricier traditional apps to help you get the job done.

Whether you work with graphics, video, audio or animation these 55 open source software titles do the same, if not better job than their pricier mainstream counterparts. You'll get the work done with less stress on your bottom line. Our sister site Datamation.com has the full list.

Open source multimedia software clearly has remarkable growth potential. Statistics reveal that multimedia grabs a huge percentage of the time most users spend with their PCs and smartphones. Hulu has 30 million viewers a month. Netflix now accounts for 20 percent of U.S. Internet traffic in the evening. According to NPD Group, 30 percent of U.S. music consumers listened to streamed music in August. As of June, consumers had downloaded more than 5 billion songs from iTunes, and they watch 50,000 movies through the service every day.

The multimedia craze can also be seen within the open source community. At the time of writing, 10 of the top 15 all-time most popular open source downloads at Sourceforge related to multimedia.

Read the complete article: 55 Open Source Replacements for Popular Multimedia Software

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This article was originally published on Tuesday Nov 16th 2010
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