Audion 2.6.1 improves stability, OS X performance

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Panic has announced the release of Audion 2.6.1, a maintenance update of its popular digital audio player and encoder app for the Macintosh. The new version fixes bugs, improves stability and improves performance under Mac OS X, according to the developer.

Audion is a full-featured digital audio player for the Macintosh, with support for MP3, audio CDs, streaming feeds and much more. The software offers extensive management and customization tools, support for the latest audio encoding formats, an extensive library of skins and visualizers and much more. The software is offered in either a player-only version that costs US$19.95 to register, or a player/encoder version for $32.95.

The list of changes and improvements to Audion 2.6.1 is too long to list here, but highlights include the addition of the latest LAME and Fraunhofer encoding libraries, and better support for the Mac OS X Event Model, which yields improved performance, faster encoding, reduced CPU usage and less interference with background tasks. A complete list of changes in Audion 2.6.1 is available from the Audion Web site.

Panic also has some encouraging words for Audion fans who are concerned about Apple's new iPod -- the FireWire-based MP3 player designed (at least for now) to work exclusively with Apple's own iTunes 2 software. "With the announcement of Apple's beautiful iPod, we're more excited than ever about the future of MP3s, the Macintosh and Audion," said Panic. "We're still waiting for our iPod too, but when we get it, we can't wait to investigate supporting the iPod -- and adding a few surprises of our own -- in a future version of Audion."

This story, "Audion 2.6.1 improves stability, OS X performance" was originally published by PCWorld.

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