Orban/Coding Technologies MPEG-4 aacPlus® Audio Plug-in for Windows Media Player™ Users Downloaded 250,000+ Times
aacPlus DirectShow Plug-in enables Microsoft's Windows Media users to enjoy near CD-quality radio at a mere 32 kbps.
Tempe, AZ, October 2nd, 2006 — Professional broadcast equipment manufacturer Orban (OTCBB: CRLI.OB) announced today that the free Orban/Coding Technologies AAC/aacPlus™ Player Plugin for Windows Media Player was downloaded more than 250,000 times in the first four months following its release. This software enables any of the 80+ million users of Microsoft's Windows Media Player to take advantage of the remarkably high-quality, low-bandwidth audio format that is changing the way consumers experience digital audio via the Internet, mobile and broadcast applications.
This plug-in is part of the consumer side of the “Orban Optimized Audio® ” transmission chain, which starts with Orban's Optimod-PC 1100V2 audio processor and continues with Orban's Opticodec-PC streaming and file encoders. This chain gives the audio a big, professional sound with an impact that make it stand out.
In addition to Windows Media Player, Orban Optimized Audio streams can be played by Winamp, RealPlayer, QuickTime (AAC only) and appropriately equipped 3GPP mobile devices. Orban Optimized Audio files produce excellent quality podcasts and can be played by iPods and other AAC/aacPlus-enabled mobile entertainment appliances.
The Orban/Coding Technologies AAC/aacPlus™ Player Plug-in is a free, full-featured Microsoft DirectShow component that enables playing of MPEG-4 aacPlus audio files and streams within Windows Media Player. aacPlus (also known as HE AAC) is an industry standard superset of the AAC codec that uses Coding Technologies' Spectral Band Replication (SBR) and Parametric Stereo (PS) audio compression technologies to provide CD-quality audio in a footprint four times smaller than content encoded with MP3 (MPEG Layer-3) technology. Digital television, radio and Internet broadcasters take advantage of aacPlus to deliver high-quality audio streams while realizing dramatic savings in bandwidth costs.
Consumers listening to aacPlus streams benefit from an enhanced listening experience. Their compact bit rates virtually eliminate content rebuffering, a process that interrupts source playback and negatively affects the consumer's listening experience. The Orban/Coding Technologies AAC/aacPlus Player Plug-in works with Microsoft Windows Media version 9, 10, and 11. It supports standard ID3 and MP4 iTunes® metadata tags that display real-time stream data such as artist, album, and song information. Installing the free plug-in component is fast and simple. It takes less than a minute to install and requires no authentication, registration, monitoring, or tracking.
The Orban/Coding Technologies AAC/aacPlus™ Player Plug-in can be downloaded without charge from:
Consumers can tune into a wide variety of MPEG-4 aacPlus Internet Radio streams at:
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Orban is a manufacturer of high-quality digital and analog audio processing, transmission encoding, and noise reduction equipment. Orban is in the market for radio, TV and Internet audio processing. As technology evolves, CRL continues to innovate with state-of-the-art audio processing products for DAB, DTV and streaming media. The Company purchased Orban® in May of 2000. Orban was founded in 1970 by Bob Orban, who is the world's foremost expert in transmission audio processing for broadcast. Orban leads the industry in the design and manufacture of audio processors for radio, television and Internet broadcasting. Recognized for its standard-setting Optimod® digital audio processors and the Opticodec® codecs, the Orban name has become synonymous with reliable, high performance products. Today, its versatile audio processing equipment and codecs are the products of choice in fast-paced production environments worldwide.