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Plug-In Said to Address Content Rebuffering

Plug-In Said to Address Content Rebuffering

Orban/CRL and Coding Technologies announced availability of a public beta version of a new AAC/aacPlus Player Plug-in.
The free software, they say, will enable users of Microsoft’s Windows Media Player to take advantage of the low-bandwidth audio format for digital audio via the Internet, mobile and broadcast applications. The plug-in is a Microsoft DirectShow component that enables MPEG-4 aacPlus audio files and streams within Windows Media Player.
aacPlus, also called HE-AAC, is an “superset” of the AAC codec that uses Coding Technologies’ Spectral Band Replication and Parametric Stereo audio compression.
The companies say it provides CD-quality audio in a footprint four times smaller than content encoded with MP3, which helps digital broadcasters. They said compact bit rates virtually eliminate content rebuffering, which can interrupt source playback.
Orban’s Greg Ogonowski said in the statement, “Orban and Coding Technologies realized that Windows Media player users should be able to enjoy the outstanding efficiency and quality of aacPlus.” The plug-in, he said, “moves MPEG4 standards-based streaming into a previously closed system.” He called that good news for consumers.
Shawn Hopwood of Coding Technologies called content rebuffering “the static of digital radio.”
The plug-in works with Microsoft Windows Media version 9 or 10. It supports standard ID3 metadata tags that display real-time stream data such as artist, album and song information.
The Orban/Coding Technologies AAC/aacPlus Player Plugin can be downloaded free.