What's New 01/17/99
DAT2WAV 1.0 final releaseIt has been a long time coming, but we have finally released our new program DAT2WAV. It is a program that will allow you to read the digital audio directly from a DAT (digital audio tape) in a drive installed in a PC. The big trick to getting this to work in having the right drive. Most DAT drives for computers do not support reading the audio data.
CDDA32 Version 1.1 final is now availableThe next release of CDDA32 is now available. There are a lot of changes from Version 1.0. Highlights of the changes:
- encode directly into MP3 files when you have the Xing MP3 Encoder installed
- encode directly into MP3 files when you have the Xing MPEG Encoder installed
- encode directly into MP3 files when you have the Blade MP3 Encoder installed
- play the digital audio data directly to the sound card instead of using the D to A converter in the drive
- added support for about 100 additional drives from a number of manufacturers
- now support the small number of drives that don't accept the standard ATAPI command packet
- a number of other new features
- a number of bug fixes
CD+G Project AnnouncedThe CD+G project is a new project proposed by Computall to attempt to try to bring together all the pieces necessary for people to make their own CD+G cds. We have done a lot of work with CD+G over the last couple of years and have had a large number of people ask about making their own discs. Up to this point the only software we've seen for this is a very expensive package from Philips and is not viable for most people. The aim of the project is to create a FREE CD+G authoring tool.
Audio Compression technology licensing troubleAs we mentioned on our site back in August and back in 1997, there are big problems brewing for people releasing unlicensed MP3 encoders. There are also problems for people releasing unlicensed AAC encoders. Here's a link to the letter from Dolby on the MP3.com site. http://www.mp3.com/news/135.html
RIAA vs Diamond - digital music directiveTo top off all of this, the RIAA is now trying to file an injunction against Diamond to prevent them from shipping their new RIO product which is a hardware MP3 player. Have a look at the RIAA site for more information:
Have a look at the Diamond site for more information on their suit as well as information on the new RIO portable MP3 player.
... and the press release from MP3.com