WINAMP (from NullSoft)...
A really cool mp3 (and many other formats, including xm, stm, s3m, mod, voc, and of course, wav) player. You can also get Skins for Winamp from here. Some cool skins I happen to have...
For MP3 songs...
A fast & good search engine devoted to finding mp3 files for you. Most of the links it shows are active, though connecting to a certain FTP server can take AGES due to the fact that only one login per account is allowed
There were some MPEG layer 3 encoders available, but since Fraunhoffer IIS etc. started the patenting and other legalities for the format , the Encoders are not (readily) available.
This is due to Fraunhoffer IIS asking for royalty, which most one-person programmers are unable to comply with, so the encoders are becoming unavailable, unless paid for.
Yamaha has come out with a new Audio Format called the "VQ" (It has some complex longform, I forget). This is an enhanced format over the MPEG Layer-3, so Packs much more in the same space. (eg: The 128 kBps MP3 file and a 80 kBps VQ file sound the same, but the VQ is smaller due to its lesser bitrate. ) This has been built around the AAC (Advanced Audio Codec, also known as the MPEG-4), so they are much the same.
Also, the VQ format has been commercially developed, but is ABSOLUTELY FREE (at least they said so, let's see what happens).
The VQF official HomePage
Yamaha VQF Player (still in beta)
Winamp VQF Plugin (full bundle, approx. 339546 bytes, 340KB, .34 MB)
>>> I ain't got it working YET. (but will be soon, I hope :-)
READ THIS FIRST (Before installing the plugin ! ! )
Read more about the plugin @vqf.com
Get some good songs @vqf.de
Anyone.. Got any good VQF links? pl. mail me the link here
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