Wednesday, September 15, 2004

So, Winamp now supports aacPlus. The aacPlus format (also known as HE-AAC for High Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding) makes music compressed at 48kbps sound like an MP3 compressed at 128kbps. The upside of all this is that people with low-bandwidth Internet connections can (finally!) listen to really good quality music online.

Here's what you do:

1. Download and install Winamp 5.05
2. Scoot over to Tuner2
3. Listen! (Click on the shiny "listen now" buttons :))

Highly recommended are SomaFM Groove Salad and Tag's Trance Trip.

(People with high-bandwidth connections do not despair. aacPlus also makes possible 5.1 Surround Sound streaming audio at 160kbps! (Tuner2 has some streams.) All you need is a 5.1 Surround enabled soundcard and speakers and voila! Your gloating rights are back again!)

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