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Mafuka player and encoder

Mafuka Player When it was released, in late 2000, the Mafuka format took the audio coding community by storm. It promised - and "delivered" - same quality as MP3 at a third of the file size. It seemed the obscure Dr. Keiji Mafuka had come up with a real breakthrough in multimedia compression.

But then, people started becoming suspicious. Why did the encoder accept only .mp3 files, and not uncompressed .wav? Why files encoded in one computer would not decode in other machines? How come noone ever heard of such breakthrough research going on in Japan?

Soon the truth was revealed: the Mafuka encoder was just a big prank. It took the MP3 file, divided it in three parts, renamed the first part to .mfk and hid the other parts very well. At decoding time, the files were merged together again. That is why a file encoded in one computer would not work in another.

An interesting detail is that "Mafuka" is believed to actually mean an american profanity, "mother f**ker".

I saved a mirror of the Mafuka page here.

Big thanks to Elohe for providing this "encoder"


Mafuka Encoder Date: 2000-11-20
Version: 1.0beta
Interface: Graphical
Platform: Win32
Download: mfk_install.zip - 1.418kB


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