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November 19th, 1999

[1:30 PM] Internet Radio On Your Mac
by Staff

Subband Software has launched, a portal type site allowing Mac users to tune into the wide array of internet-centric "radio stations." utilizes Shoutcast and Icecast protocols through their own software application, AMP Radio. According to Subband:

Subband Software has opened its doors, showing off the specs of its first new product, AMP Radio. Targeted at all Macintosh users with an internet connection, AMP Radio let's users quickly tune into the 750-1500 "Internet Radio Stations" playing at any time of day, using the Shoutcast and Icecast protocols.

"Listening to Internet MP3 streams should be one of the most basic things to do on a computer." said Dmitry Boldyrev, lead programmer on AMP Radio, "Yet the current methods for playing Shoutcast on the Mac are unnecessarily complicated, at best. AMP Radio will revolutionize the way you listen to streaming audio." AMP Radio will feature an intuitive interface, similar to that of a car stereo, providing tremendous power without compromising screen real estate. Under the hood of AMP Radio, the famous Millennium playback engine has been improved by the world-renowned AMP engine, producing music with gorgeous crisp sound.

AMP Radio will even feature local playback of MP3 files, allowing it to be used as a basic MP3 player. "This thing is really incredible," said Paul Kafasis, AMP Radio's conceptualizer. "I'm amazed at what's been done here. AMP Radio is the perfect solution for playing Shoutcast and Icecast radio streams, and I couldn't be happier with how things have turned out, and I think the users will feel the same way."

AMP Radio is expected to be released the first week of December. Until then, the entire project appears to be very hush-hush. While there are no active links at this time, you can keep visiting the web site, as more information should be posted shortly.

The Mac Observer Spin: This site, and ones like it, should prove to be a popular, especially as high bandwidth connections become more common.

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