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Last update: 2017-12-11

Providing really hard to
find pieces of software
since 2003-12-03



Happy holidays!

This time around, just a simple update to wrap up 2017. Have some lovely holidays! See you all again in 2018!

These are the updates:

  • Sonic Foundry SoftEncode AC3 encoder
  • RKau lossless compressor
  • Emagic Zap lossless compressor
  • Iomega RecordIt MP2 recorder
  • Several versions of Apollo (thanks to Thundik81)
  • A few extra PlusV tools


File dates and MP3 encoders

I did some serious research these last few weeks, trying to obtain information as accurate as possible for the dates displayed for each file (that information will come handy for some site improvements I've been planning).

I researched release notes, readmes, zip file timestamps, and even PE timestamps, and hopefully the pages now portray as accurately as possible what was released when.

Also, I decided to upload/update several MP3 encoders this time around:

  • Sound Limit MP3 encoder
  • Audioactive Production Studio and Player
  • YunaSoft MP3 Encoder (actually a FhG ACM codec frontend)
  • Some Blade versions that I found lying around in my HDDs
  • Also, an 8hz-mp3 version of the same origin
  • Ditto for another SoloH version
  • Several new versions of FhG MP3 Surround tools, and a Winamp plugin
  • A new(er) version of SCMPX
If you have LAME versions not featured at the LAME page, please submit them!


GitHub and players

This is the first update where ReallyRareWares development and changes are being versioned at GitHub. This won't make much of a difference to visitors, but should help streamline site maintenance.

Of course, feel free to submit pull requests... ;-)

And these are the updates, this time around focused on players:

  • iMPload complete MP3pro music player/ripper/manager
  • Dice VQF player (thanks to Zachary Jelesoff)
  • More versions of Apollo contributed by [JAZ]
  • NAD MP3 player v1.0 (thanks to Zachary Jelesoff)
  • Two AMP-based MP3 players for Win32 (thanks to Zachary Jelesoff)
  • MP3 to EXE, which converts MP3 files into standalone players
I'm interested in filling up the Apollo page with more versions. If you have them lying around, please get in touch! (check the About page)


More screenshots and nice updates

I added screenshots to most (all?) graphical programs in ReallyRareWares. Some are bland, some are amazing, several are just horrid. Have fun perusing them!

Besides the screenshots, these are the novelties:

  • A page for FhG MP3 Sourround (thanks to Zachary Jelesoff)
  • A page for FhG mp3HD hybrid compressor (thanks to Zachary Jelesoff)
  • A page for the super obscure ALF2 CD codec (thanks to Zachary Jelesoff)
  • Lots of old Foobar2000 versions (thanks to Thundik81)
  • SoundApp player and converter for classic Mac OS
  • LTAC/LPAC lossless compressors



This update includes something I have been meaning to add to RRW for years: screenshots!

Check the pages of your favorite graphical applications (I do not see much point in adding screenshots of command line applications), maybe there will be a screenshot there. I have not yet uploaded screenshots for all apps, those will probably come in the next update.

Besides the screenshots, this is what has been added/updated:

  • A page for the MP3 PlusV encoder (thanks to Zachary Jelesoff)
  • A page for the AMP MP3 decoder - famously used in early versions of Winamp (thanks to Martin Guy)
  • Apollo MP3 player (thanks to [Jaz])
  • Several VQF updates: NTT player and VQF SDK, Yamaha player and another version of the encoder
  • Xing MP3 player


First update in a loooong while

Here is the first real update since I decided to bring RRW back to life. This is what has been added/updated:

  • A page for CodingTechnologies MP3pro encoder
  • A page for Xing MP3 encoder, including an old version and a more recent Helix version
  • More recent versions of Gogo
  • Emuzed MP4 encoder
  • A reverse engineering document describing parts of the QDesign codec
  • The rJPa MP1/2/3 decoder
Hope you enjoy the updates, and please keep those rare pieces of software coming!


Time to get things moving again

After more than ten years of inactivity, I believe it is about time to bring ReallyRareWares back.

I stupidly let my other domain - rjamorim.com - expire and then it got stolen by one of those jolly domain squatters. That made me lose interest in the project somehow. But I never stopped receiving e-mails from people asking for software I used to host here, and that showed me there was still interest in old, weird or just interesting pieces of audio software.

These last few weeks I did a major cleanup. Replaced dead links with archive.org mirrors or deleted them altogether, fixed several spelling and grammar mistakes, fixed visuals on some pages.

Now in the next few weeks/months I'll go back to updating. I have a small backlog of stuff I received from friends and contacts at HA to upload, and also should create articles for tools that have come and gone during this time - for example, the FhG MP3 Surround and CodingTechnologies MP3pro encoders.

I would also like to count on you, friends and visitors, to send me software that you believe belongs here, or send corrections/additions to the articles. I'd like, for instance, to add the versions I missed of some of the tools available here (EAC, LAME, foobar2000...)

Thank you for your patience all those years!

Best regards;


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