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Musepack encoder is going open source?

Written by Lasse Penttinen @ 22 Oct 2002 12:07

Musepack is the lossy compressed audio format which is considered having highest audio quality, and therefore it's been praised by the audio files. Musepack (*.mpc) delivers amazing sound quality very reasonable bitrates. It currently outperforms MP3, OGG, AAC and any other format in high bitrate applications (above 160kbps).
Musepack contains some pantented technology from the MPEG-1 Layer 2 standard (*.mp2) and the encoder has so far been closed source, but according to this post by a forum admin at the Hydrogen Audio, things might be about to change.

I just got email from Andree Buschmann. He is now positive about going open source with MPC, infact he had been thinking about this for some weeks now. Andree is contacting Klemm via email as we speak!

Frank Klemm is under NDA regarding MPC encoder, so he needs Andree's permission for going open source. It has been my and other people's impression (got email about this few days ago from Frank) that Frank is willing to go fully open source if Andree shows the green light. Now it is the case!

So although this is totally unofficial, and we really must wait for the offical word, I believe it's highly likely that MPC will go open source!!


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