Orban and Coding Technologies Bring MPEG-4 aacPlus Audio to Windows Media Player Users 
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Written by AVRev.com   
Monday, 24 April 2006

Coding Technologies, a provider of audio compression for digital broadcasting, mobile media, and the Internet, announced with Orban, a professional broadcasting technology company the immediate availability of a public beta for the new Orban/Coding Technologies AAC/aacPlusT Player Plugin. When installed, this free software will enable any of the 80+ million users of Microsoft's Windows Media Player to take advantage of the high-quality, low-bandwidth audio format.

The Orban Coding Technologies AAC/aacPlusT Player Plugin is a free, full-featured Microsoft DirectShow component that enables 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 utilizes 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. Its compact bitrate virtually eliminates content rebuffering, a process that interrupts source playback and negatively affects the consumer's listening experience.

The Orban/Coding Technologies AAC/aacPlus Player Plugin works with Microsoft Windows Media version 9 or 10. It supports standard ID3 metadata tags that display real-time stream data such as artist, album, and song information. The installation of the free of charge plug-in component is fast and simple, taking less than a minute to install and requires no authentication, registration, monitoring or tracking.

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