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MusicMatch Jukebox Offers Fraunhofer MP3

MusicMatch Wednesday released a new version of MusicMatch Jukebox featuring the next-generation of MP3 encoding technology from Fraunhofer IIS-A, inventors of the original MP3 compression format.

It also offers a downloadable music recommendation feature that provides users with additional music selections that match their listening preferences.

By integrating the Fraunhofer MP3 encoder, MusicMatch Jukebox now provides customers with richer and clearer sound quality and faster digital audio extraction (ripping) capabilities. The efficiency of the Fraunhofer MP3 encoding engine also makes MusicMatch up to 40% faster than the previous version of MusicMatch Jukebox, and up to twice as fast as RealJukebox.

The new MusicMatch Jukebox provides personalized downloadable music recommendations to users, who can choose to voluntarily upload their digital music preferences to MusicMatch's secure database, and in return, receive personalized recommendations that match their music tastes. Recommended tracks are then displayed in the "Net Music" component of MusicMatch Jukebox.

When selected, the tracks will automatically load into the user's jukebox library and playlist window after downloading or while streaming.

"MusicMatch recognizes that superior sound quality and fast encoding rates are two of the most important features digital audio consumers look for when choosing a personal jukebox software program," said Dennis Mudd, CEO of MusicMatch. "We also believe that as more content becomes available online, the ability to provide personalized recommendations for downloadable music will be critical to our customers and to content providers alike."

"Digital music is going mainstream and consumers will no longer accept even small quality impairments in exchange for faster encoding speed," said Karlheinz Brandenburg, head of Fraunhofer's Multimedia Department and considered by many to be the founder of MP3 technology. "With our new MP3 encoder consumers will not be forced to make those quality sacrifices."