Proteron has released an update for its MP3 app, N2MP3, that brings Mac OS 9 compatibility. The new version, 1.0.3, also brings other enhancements. According to Proteron:
Proteron, LLC today announced an update to N2MP3, its industry leading Macintosh MP3 encoder. The latest release of Proteron's highly acclaimed encoder addresses compatibility with Apple's Mac OS 9 and improves support for Escient's CDDB(R). It is a free download for all users available immediately at: http://www.n2mp3.com.
Since its introduction two months ago, N2MP3 has moved quickly to the top of the Macintosh MP3 market. MP3.com (MPPP) rated N2MP3 5 Stars for its quality and ease of use. In separate independent reviews, N2MP3 was rated both the fastest and highest quality MP3 encoder for the Mac, making it a clear choice for users looking to digitize their music collection. In another review N2MP3 received high acclaim for its powerful ease of use, making it an easy pick for newcomers to MP3.
N2MP3's key features include:
Seamless Finder integrated Copy-to-MP3 from audio CDs
High quality, fast MP3 encoding with support for VBR
Play As You Encode(TM) technology
Live CDDB support for desktop naming of discs and tracks
Support for ID3v2 tags
Integration with Panic's Audion MP3 and CD player
CD ripping for lossless audio capture
Unlimited use of encoded MP3 files
N2MP3 contains the Proteron MPEG encoder for MPEG1 layer III format. The quality of Proteron's encoder is of the highest caliber and is fully licensed from Fraunhofer-Thomson. Although based on the International Standard source for MP3, the Proteron encoder includes proprietary improvements making it substantially better-sounding than plain ISO psy-model based encoders. On most G3 Macintosh computers, including all iMacs and iBooks, Proteron's MP3 Encoder is capable of encoding 128kbps, better quality (psy-model) MP3s faster than real time.
You can download a free trial version of N2MP3 from the company's web site. The full version is priced at US$34.95. The update is free to registered users. You can find more information on the product at the company's web site.