||@Soft has released a free Preview Edition of MacAMP 1.0, the MP3 player for the Mac. The Preview Edition is almost feature complete as the company prepares to release the final version in September of this year. According to @Soft:
MacAMP 1.0: Preview Edition has arrived! The product which set the standard for MP3 playing on the Mac is nearing completion, and we are giving users a free preview to use until MacAMP 1.0.
MacAMP 1.0: Preview Edition allows you to:
- Enjoy many popular music formats
- Create playlists of your music files, to enjoy music anyway you like. Preview also allows basic sorting by name and time. Look for a more advanced playlist format in 1.0
- Play internet streaming audio, in the form of Shoutcast or Icecast.
- Customize your entire player's appearance with skins
- Enjoy visual effects based on the music, in the form of Visual Plugins and our NEW BLR plugs
- Adjust the musical tone with our new, basic, 10-band equalizer. Look forward to our fully featured equalizer in the 1.0 release.
- Enjoy ID3 tag support, as well as tag editing capabilities from within the player. Also enjoy lyrics, through the Lyrics Tag.
- Set MacAMP to play and drift off to sleep. The Sleep timer will shut down the computer for you.
- Create your own skins, with minimal programming knowledge needed
- Create your own plugins to enjoy the music with our open plugin API
MacAMP 1.0: Preview Edition requires at least a PPC processor and System 7.5 with Appearance Manager. It has been tested to run MP3s on as low as an 80 MHz machine, but we recommend at least a 100 MHz processor.
MacAMP will be priced at US$25. The Preview Edition will expire on October 1st, 1999. You can find more information, including download links at the company's web site.
We have also reviewed MacAMP 1.0 Preview Edition in today's Monday's Mac Gadget.
The Mac Observer: There is lots of Mac MP3 activity going on, with the release of MacAMP Preview Edition being the 3rd MP3 product announcement (mpVoodoo and SoundJam MP) in the last week. This is good. The Mac platform is now catching up to the PC in this technology. While it is a disappointment that we need to play catch-up, it is good that it is happening. Many younger people are very much into this sound technology and the Mac is now a good choice for them to make.