Aupeo Chooses Fraunhofer

Internet music site chooses algorithm for lower bandwidth streams
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Aupeo, an Internet-based music site based in Germany, has chosen Fraunhofer’s HE-AAC v2 codec algorithm for streaming duties aimed at mobile devices.

Streams for mobile devices typically are of lower bandwidth due to the crowded public networks on which they travel. Aupeo can be found on ACER Android smartphones and devices such as Philips Net TV products.

Harald Popp, head of the Multimedia Realtime Systems department at Fraunhofer IIS, stated, “Minimizing bandwidth requirements, reducing operating costs per listener and boosting audio quality are vital for an audio codec used in Internet radio services.”

Though Aupeo is in Germany, the ubiquity of the Internet makes it as available as a locally streaming broadcast radio station. It has a clearly translated English module and offers musical selections Americans would be at home with. Over the weekend it offered a “Halloween” channel.


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The codec, HD-AAC, offers music encoding "with quality beyond CDs and at the same time, iPod compatibility." The company said the codec is based on the MPEG-4 SLS standard and provides lossless compression of 24-bit quality music content.