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Last update: 2020-12-23

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since 2003-12-03



The holidays update

To close this year, a nice little update to wrap up 2020 and hope for a better 2021: the Liquid Audio encoders and players, what we had to put up with to enjoy a little AAC in the late nineties.

Big thanks to Max Telkov for contributing these! See you all in 2021.


Another bunch of goodies

An update with several goodies provided by Martin Wagner and other lovely visitors of ReallyRareWares!

  • Electronic Cosmo MP3 encoder (thanks to Stefan)
  • EAQUAL objective audio quality measurement tool (thanks to Martin Wagner)
  • WinMusic audio player for Win3.1
  • Several Gogo versions (thanks to Martin Wagner)
  • Tag and Wapet taggers (thanks to includemeout)
  • Psytel AACenc Public Evaluation Versions (thanks to Martin Wagner)
Also, I added information about each lossless compressor's performance, with plans to soon add several formats missing from the list. My so-called "limited tests" consist of compressing Bob Dylan's album The Times They Are A-Changin' and comparing how each compressor performs.


Another quarantine update

It seems the quarantines here in Brazil will never end (5th month already), so here are a few updates to try and keep spirits high:

  • Sony SonicStage
  • ACM Station ACM codec frontend
  • EncSpot 0.9 (thanks to includemeout)
  • A handful of very early Apollo versions
  • Nullsoft DOSamp 0.7 + DOSamp Extender
  • CoolEdit 1.30A


Just another update

An update with an assortment of new goodies, most of them contributed by the lovely RRW visitors:

  • Shorten lossless compressor and mkwACT (thanks to Marco Pontello)
  • MP3 Jukebox - a featureful player for Win 3.1 (thanks to Arthurro Ludvicco)
  • MixMP3 line-in recorder (thanks to Zachary Jelesoff)
  • Real Jukebox Plus (thanks (?) to Richard Birch)
  • More versions of Nero AAC Encoder (thanks to Martin Wagner)
  • YAMP 3.2 (thanks to Daniel Kozar)
  • Other versions of Blade for Mac OS Classic


Special Mac OS Classic update

I came across an impressive cache of vintage Mac OS audio software, so I decided to dedicate this update to the early days of audio encoding on the Macintosh. Check these out:

  • MPecker/MPegger/N2MP3 encoders
  • MPEGAudioCreator - the CD ripper that became AudioCatalyst
  • AudioActive player
  • Older versions of AudioCatalyst
  • Iomega RecordIt
  • Two full versions of Emagic Zap lossless compressor


The quarantine update

Time for another update, to entertain the RRW fans during these hard quarantine days. This is what I got for you:

  • A whole new page dedicated to FhG codecs - for ACM and QT
  • nyaochi's ACMENC ACM codec frontend
  • Another version of Nero AAC Encoder, contributed by Michael Leimer
  • Better text and another Musearc version for its page
  • Super old Apollo 9, contributed by Daniel Kozar
  • K-Jöfol 0.5, also contributed by Daniel Kozar
I also updated several screenshots, trying to show how the programs looked in real-world usage and not just "out of the box".


Special Easter/Coronavirus/Zachary update

Long time RRW contributor Zachary Jelesoff dusted off his old storage media and contributed lots of rare exhibitions for our museum, so this update is dedicated to his honor.

And these are the updates:

  • MicroHof MP3 Player
  • Thirteen Apollo versions!
  • CoolEdit 1.53
  • LAME 3.97 for DOS
Also, I added to the SoundVQ page a mail exchange (also provided by Zachary) between Yamaha and K-Jöfol developer Christophe Thibault that demonstrates Yamaha's short-sightedness promoting their own format.


Special Carnival update!

In honor of the general chaos and debauchery of Carnival, which is starting in Brazil today, I added three new pages to RRW.

The first features AudioCatalyst, a very popular CD ripper/MP3 encoder in the late nineties and early 2000s.

In a nostalgic twist, the second page is for the first MP3 encoder I used extensively: MP3 Compressor.

And the third page is for DropMP3. To the best of my knowledge, the only free implementation of LAME in the Mac OS Classic.

Talking about Mac OS Classic, I added several programs for this platform: Mac versions of SoundVQ, QDesign encoder and SoundAPP. The Mac edition of AudioCatalyst has also been uploaded. And of course, several new screenshots since command line was not even an option in Mac OS!

Finally, I added another version of LBpack and same for Blade. And Zachary sent an even older version of AT&T a2b music player, God only knows why...

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