Product Watch: Casady & Greene's
SoundJam Turns 2
& Greene staked an early claim in the MP3 gold rush by by providing
an easy to use all-in-one MP3 encoder and player. Not content to rest
on their laurels, C&G has released a new version of SoundJam with
an expanded feature set. The SoundJam software itself has been split
into two different products, the commercial SoundJam MP Plus and SoundJam
MP Free. As the name implies, the latter is free but after 14 days
looses many of the features of its commercial big brother. Below is
a list of the features new to version 2.0 as well as a comparison
of the free and commercial versions. You will also find download links
at the bottom of this page.
SoundJam's New Whistles and Bells
- Improved encoding times - For all supported machines. As before,
SoundJam can take advantage of AltiVec/Velocity if present.
- Improved encoding quality - For "near CD quality" sound
when encoding at 128 kbps.
- Karaoke mode - Reduces the vocals from tracks so you can make a
fool of yourself.. er.. sing along with your favorite songs. [Note:
we tested this with varying success. On some tracks vocals dropped
to barely audible and on others they were still quite noticeable.
In all cases the sound generally "flattened" out]
- Expanded file format support - Convert AIFF, WAV, MOD, QuickTime,
NVF, AND Mac sounds into MP3
- Song specific EQ and volume - SoundJam can now remember the equalizer
and volume settings for individual tracks, a feature we had been hoping
- Sound input support - You can now encode directly from your Mac's
sound in port! Should make encoding that record collection easier...
- Playlist generator - SoundJam will compose a playlist based on criteria
you set: genre, artist, sample rate, etc....
- CDDB submission - In addition to querying the CDDB you can now submit
information to the database. The CDDB is a database on the web with
a vast repository of data on audio CD's. The CDDB contains information
on track titles, genre, artist name and more.
- Alarm clock/sleep timer - Wake up or drift off to your favorite
MP3. SoundJam doesn't need to be running for the alarm to work.
SoundJam MP Free serves as a full featured demo for 14 days and allows
up to 30 encodings. After that it reverts to an MP3 player and loses
many of the functions described above. You can download SoundJam here.
Visit the SoundJam
site for more information. SoundJam MP Plus 2.0 is a free upgrade
for owners of previous versions.
Suggested Retail Price.: $39.95 - Electronic Download $49.95
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