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by John F. Braun

Get Your Hands on Some MP3 Files
January 3rd, 2000

Macster 1.0 Preview 1 (Preview Release)
Blackhole Media

There are now many fine MP3 players for the Mac, including Apple's own QuickTime, Audion, MACAST and others, but actually finding songs to play is another story. Although you can use an MP3 search engine to find files, the servers are often overloaded. If only there was a more reliable way to share and obtain MP3 files...

When you first start Macster, you will be asked to select a user name and password, and provide your e-mail address and connection speed. You will then be shown a window which shows the current shared content on the network. You can then choose to search for a song, based on the artist and/or the title. You can also do a 'whois' and find out the status of other users connected to the network.

Since this is a preview release, not all features are implemented. But this preview release will give you a taste of the future of distributing music on the Internet.

Have any other MP3 gadgets you'd like us to look at? Let John know via e-mail, or share it with the rest of us on the Mac Gadget Forum.

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That's a Lot of MP3 Files!

Search for a Specific Artist or Song

Seek and Ye Shall Find

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John is a software engineer who works in the corporate R&D group of a Fortune 500 company, focusing on all aspects of communications technology. He has several degrees that claim he knows what he's doing when it comes to computers. After watching co-workers reinstall Windows, search for device drivers, and experience other horrors during the day, he's glad that he comes home to a Mac (compatible) computer. Have any comments, suggestions, or favorite Gadgets? Drop John a line at

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