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Fraunhofer Licensing MPEG Codecs to Nullsoft

Software will power popular Winamp and Shoutcast programs.

Fraunhofer IIS has a licensing agreement with Nullsoft, allowing the company behind programs like Winamp and Shoutcast rights to Fraunhofer’s MPEG audio codec software.

In its marketing, Fraunhofer promotes the HE-AAC v2 and HD-AAC codecs for their audio quality and compression efficiency.

While HE-AAC v2 is popular for bandwidth-constrained online streaming applications, the new HD-AAC boasts lossless audio quality to boot.

The newest versions of Winamp and Shoutcast include Fraunhofer’s HE-AAC v2 codec, while future versions will come with the more powerful HD-AAC codec.

Both audio programs are available for download.