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Wata-Ken's M3E MP3 encoder

M3E encoder translated by Harashin M3E is an encoder that was only popular in Japan. It started being developed in 1999 by Wata-Ken. It implemented an unique VBR method (at that time only Xing and LAME also offered VBR), and became quite popular.

In Japan, it was the "slow-high quality" choice, compared to Gogo (another japanese encoder) that was "fast-low quality".

Some time later, the author started selling a commercial version of the encoder, M3SE Pro.

Distribution of M3E ceased at 2000-01-21, due to patent issues. M3SE sales ceased some time later, probably because of commercial failure (better, free encoders available; price at ¥3000 was quite expensive).

Lots of thanks to Shingo Harada (a.k.a harashin) for providing the encoder, translating it and enlightening me on its story.


Date: 2000-03-04
Version: 0.99a
Interface: Graphical or command line
Platform: Win32
Download: M3E_B099a.zip - 775kB

Date: 2000-01-02
Version: 0.98b
Interface: Graphical or command line
Platform: Win32
Download: M3E_B098.zip - 518kB



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