Panic has announced the release of
Audion 2.5, the latest revision to their popular digital audio player software for the Macintosh. The new version corrects bugs and adds new features, as well.
Audion enables you to play and record digital audio files, including streaming network broadcasts. The software incorporates editing and mixing capabilities, and features customizable interfaces and a broad array of visualizer plug-ins.
The new version, Audion 2.5, incorporates new features like:
A new playlist-based toolbar
Support for transferring files to portable MP3 devices (Diamond RIO 500, Creative NOMAD II, Creative NOMAD IImg, and Creative NOMAD Jukebox supported presently. Panic plans to add support for other MP3 devices in the future)
Improved CD playback
A playlist search box that allows lists to be instantly narrowed
Support for CD title entry and submission to freedb servers
Panic co-founder Cabel Sasser explained that his company felt a “great responsibility” to carry on development of Audion 2.5 following the discontinuation of SoundJam, a commercial digital audio product sold by Casady & Greene. Panic believes there’s a ready market for Mac users looking for more advanced capabilities than what Apple’s free MP3 audio software, iTunes, can provide.
“We’re really proud to create what we’re certain is the most feature-packed MP3 application on the Mac. When users outgrow iTunes, we’ll be there, with a hug and a trial version,” said Sasser.
Panic has released two versions of Audion — one works on Mac OS 8.1 through 9.x, and the other is a native Mac OS X build, according to the company. The Mac OS X version supports features like long filenames, a live time/track display on the Dock icon, an Audion Dockling that provides complete control of the application, new icons, live resizing, wheel scrolling and other features.
Audion 2.5 has been released as a free upgrade for all Audion 2 owners. New customers can purchase the player edition for US$19.95, or the encoder edition for $32.95. Panic notes that the encoder edition supports both LAME and Fraunhofer encoding engines.