mp3PRO encoder/decoder

mp3PRO, the eagerly anticipated next generation version of the world's most popular audio compression format, makes its debut with the introduction of the free demonstration mp3PRO encoder/decoder.

Launched by Thomson multimedia, mp3PRO is an improved version of the popular mp3 coding-decoding (codec) format that provides improved sound and creates files that are half or less the size of original mp3 files.

In addition to its combination of more compact mp3 files and superior audio quality, mp3PRO offers backwards and forwards compatibility enabling original mp3 files to play normally on the new mp3PRO player and mp3PRO files to play on original mp3 systems. The best audio performance is achieved when consumers both encode and decode music files in mp3PRO. Thomson multimedia is the exclusive licensing representative of mp3 and mp3PRO patents and software of Fraunhofer IIS-A, Coding Technologies and Thomson multimedia.

This application, which is compatible with Windows 9X, 2000, NT, and Millennium, encodes .WAV files into mp3PRO files at 64 kbps and plays back all mp3 and mp3PRO files. Availability of other mp3PRO software products supporting other mp3PRO bit rates and mp3PRO-compatible portable devices is expected later.

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mp3PRO encoder/decoder

Ok i got this "codec" and was thinking YAHHH 128k to 64k with same sound right?WRONG!!!I just did a test involving 128k high and 128k fast vs 64k high and 64k fastMp3 pro was TERABLE! i even compared 64k mp3 pro with normal 64k mp3... luckly mp3pro was a little better.. but not much!!! THIS is a terable codec (considering u can only encode at 64k)!!! Don't get it, it SUCKS!!!!

mp3PRO encoder/decoder

Its a beta version and it's onlt at 64k because its a Demo dipshit. And it probably sounds crap because you're either not playing it through their player and have a shit source file or crappy stereo.Arrogent twat

mp3PRO encoder/decoder

Look!!!It is a crap codec. I know it is only 64k because it is a demo dipshit, but they kept saying that it would have the same quality as 128k normal mp3. AND IT DOESN'T! I can even tell the difference and my hearing SUCKS!

mp3PRO encoder/decoder

MP3PRO works great! MP3Pro files encoded at 64kbps sound almost equivalent to MP3 files encoded at 128kbps and much better than WMA files encoded at 64kbps! The only drawback is slower encoding(2x or slower on 550 PIII)when compared to encoding MP3 or WMA files! I hope encoding can be speeded up & improved. I also hope the next release of Winamp supports this new format. Go MP3PRO! F U C K WMA!

mp3PRO encoder/decoder

It works really well, but the sound quality bites if you use Winamp. Also, sound quality can be improved if you compress a ripped wave file rather than cd -> mp3 -> wav file, since sound data is lost in the original mp3 compression.

mp3PRO encoder/decoder

MP3Pro ReviewHere goes………On close inspection of the player one might say that it is fairly basic however, the sound quality is 'good' despite the limited usability and appeal at this point in time.For marketing reasons RCA/FH have decided to provide users with a 'taste' of what is to come by not releasing a player/encoder that gives full flexibility with Kbs ranges. Instead, the software only allows encoding to 64Kbs in MP3Pro format (the equivalent to 128Kbs in MP3 format). It is arguable that the sound quality of 64Kbs MP3Pro is better than 128Kbs MP3 however there seems to be better definition in both high and low levels.Will the software play MP3 files? - Yes.Can ‘other’ software play MP3Pro at this stage? - Yes and No.Playing an MP3Pro file on WinAmp will not give you the same sound quality. Playing an MP3Pro file having been encoded at 128Kbs 44.1KHz Stereo will show up on WinAmp as 64Kbs 22KHz Stereo. In other words you will hear approximately half the audio quality. It is tipped that WinAmp/MusicMatch/etc will follow suit and incorporate MP3Pro into it's software sooner than later.Will Microsoft support MP3Pro? Pfft!.. Who knows?!The emphasis of this software is purely to demonstrate that MP3Pro will cut the file size of MP3 in half while attaining the same perceivable quality and the benefits of this are quite obvious - faster downloads from the net (due to half the size of what we are used to), greater storage capacity for hard drive/computer usage, and faster streaming capabilities for the near future.Will MP3Pro play on any MP3 hardware devices at the moment? The answer is "no", not at this point. Will we be seeing products that will support the MP3Pro format? The answer is "We'd hope to soon".When is a FULL version going to be available on the market so that we can test it FULLY? – No idea at this stage.Is there any anti-piracy encryption with MP3Pro? – We didn’t see it.How does MP3Pro work? - When making an mp3PRO file, t

mp3PRO encoder/decoder

How does MP3Pro work? - When making an mp3PRO file, the new mp3PRO encoder splits audio recordings into two parts. One part analyzes the low frequency band information and encodes it into a normal mp3 stream. This allows the encoder to concentrate on less information and allows it to do a better job of encoding. This also maintains complete compatibility on old mp3 players. The second part analyzes the high frequency band information and encodes it into a part of the mp3 stream that is normally ignored by old mp3 decoders. New or upgraded mp3PRO decoders will tap into this part of the stream and put the two bands back together, resulting in the full audio bandwidth.Who developed this technology?A Swedish company named Coding Technologies ([url removed] Coding Technologies is a privately owned company that started in 1997 and have offices in Stockholm, Sweden and Nuremberg, Germany.The main asset of the company is it’s unique Spectral Band Replication (SBR).What is SBR?SBR is an attachment to audio codecs that increases the performance of the audio file. In other words, MP3+SBR = MP3 Pro.More information about this can be found at the Coding Technologies web site.Bottom line - Sounds good, smells good, will wait until a full version of the encoder/player becomes available for a closer inspection.Well.. that about raps it up for now..Cheers from[url removed]

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