|Decoder Source:||Nullsoft (no longer available) http://www.winamp.com/|
Now at www.winampheaven.com
|Version:||2.22 May 26 1999 © 1997-1999 Nullsoft, Inc.|
|Price:||shareware (this version requested registration - no nags)|
|Similar products:||Uses FhG decoding engine (decodes are identical to CEP FhG MP3 me plug in)|
Other Winamp versions have a very different decoder.
|Minor Flaws:||It's not available anymore|
|1-bit relative accuracy:||Excellent|
|1-bit absolute accuracy:||Excellent|
Winamp is the most popular software mp3 player. By going into the preferences menu, and selecting the Disk Writer output plug-in, it will save mp3 files to disk as wave files (to specify where to save the file, hit the configure button after selecting the plug-in). See Winamp 2.7 screenshots for further details. Use your browsers' back button to return here.
Only Winamp versions 2.20-2.22 and 2.666 onwards have a good mp3 decoder. Quotes from the Winamp Version history:
Whilst the old Nitrane decoder was poor (see Winamp 2.62), the decoder in 2.22 from FhG is faultless. It gives identical output to the ACM 1999 codec and is highly recommended. Though you can't get this version from winamp.com, it's still available on the net (see www.winampheaven.com, and the mp3 decoder from version 2.22 can be added to any version.
Since version 2.7 of Winamp has been shown to have a good decoder, there is no longer any reason to "downgrade" back to version 2.22. This review has been left here purely for completeness.
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