mac:method has released
v1.0, the “final” release of a utility for encoding audio files using the MPEG-4 Advanced Audio Codec (AAC). The software works together with QuickTime 6, which supports AAC.
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According to mac:method, AAC audio files are encoded at the same bit rates as MP3 files but are superior-sounding. AACelerator works with AppleScript to provide QuickTime Player the files you’d like encoded and then exports them with the settings you specify. As a result, you’ll need a valid QuickTime 6 Pro license to get AACelerator to work (AAC playback is supported by the “free” QuickTime 6 player, but encoding is only supported by the Pro software, which costs $29.99 to register).
Changes to this final release of AACelerator include support for folders, drag and drop, support for QuickTime annotations, the ability to embed basic or optimized hinted streaming tracks for QuickTime Streaming Server, an updated user interface, and more.
mac:method offers AACelerator without any requirement for payment to get basic features to work. If hinted streaming files and embedded QuickTime Annotations are important to you, however, those features will cost US$12 to unlock.