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    Post LiquidCar?

    Any of u know of liquid audio? suppose to sound better than mp3s, and is about the same file size. Im lookin at changin my mp3car to a liquid car (the liquid player also supports mp3s, so u can have a liquid3 car?) Anyways, only thing stoppin me is the support like winamp.. anyone know of any plugins or anything to use with it?
    THANKS www.liquidaudio.com
    cool playr

    TIM
    99 ram 5.9 turbo
    P4 2.0, MicroATX, Audigy2nx, Monster Cable / Alpine.
    Coming soon: Indash motorized, 5.1, dvdrw, gps, bluetooth, wifi, and more!

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    Unofficial winamp plugin for Liquid Audio: http://members.tripod.com/~vfnac/
    Liquid Audio FAQ: http://homes.arealcity.com/absafaqn/

    I read somewhere that Liquid Audio is working on an official winamp plugin. The unofficial winamp plugin works but it does cause winamp to crash more than just occasionally. Also, there is no support with the plugin for tag info so the only display I got on my 4 x 40 parallel LCD was the filename scrolling. BUT... the sound WAS... well, you'll just have to try it and see.

    It's my understanding that Liquid Audio is a commercial implementation of the Advanced Audio Coding standard. There IS a "freeware/non-commercial use" AAC encoder with support for id3 tags: http://www.slimline.net/aac/

    Look for an AAC winamp plugin there too.

    Encoding and decoding both take more processor power than for mp3 but I find the results worthwhile.

    The first night I tested the "Liquidcar" it was raining pretty heavily. I had ran across the plugin/encoder earlier that night (just before bed) and thought that I would test it the next day. I soon realized that I WOULD NOT SLEEP until after I knew what it sounded like in the car (can anybody relate to this? ha!) Well... I just had to go for a late night drive in the rain.

    Wow! Big difference in imaging!
    Wow! More musical!
    OOPS! Frequent rebooting!

    One of the albums I listened to was "Strata" - Robert Rich/Steve Roach. During a particularly wet part of the storm [that I was driving through] the track "Grotto of Lost Time" came on --it has a background of very realistic sounding dripping noises...

    I get pretty good results using the freeware AAC encoder/winamp plugin. Recommended for FANATICS ONLY though cause it takes more processor both for encoding and for decoding. As an example: a recent CD encoding session on my P90 took 24 hours. This was for ONE CD.

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    Seriously that slow? I tried the player, and i think it stinks. Not much user friendlyness like winamp, havent tried the winamp plugin-- waiting for winamp to release their own. And actually i cant really tell much difference- get a good set of speakers and anything sounds good. I cant really tell the difference between cds on my home stereo and mp3s on my home stereo.. so, liquid aint much diff for me. And another thing about the player is it takes forever to load your files.. I tried to load all 850 of mine (this was on my home comp, celeron@375mhz, 64mb ram, 7200rpm hd) and i got tired of waiting after 5 minutes, and it had only loaded about 100 songs by then- too slow for me. Winamp, if you can hear me, make a darn working plugin!!!!!

    TIM
    99 ram 5.9 turbo
    P4 2.0, MicroATX, Audigy2nx, Monster Cable / Alpine.
    Coming soon: Indash motorized, 5.1, dvdrw, gps, bluetooth, wifi, and more!

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