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Release Digest: GNOME, July 25, 2003Jul 25, 2003, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])
GStreamer Monkey's Audio plugin 0.6
This is the first release of the standalone package containing the GStreamer plugin for the Monkey's Audio format (monkeysaudio.com).
We decided to not include this plugin in our core release since the basic Monkey's Audio library that is included with the plugin has a rather restrictive license which demands you get permission from original author before doing anything with it except use it in the form recieved.
Distributions wishing to include this plugin with the GStreamer packages might do so under the permission we have recieved, but be aware that it is a 'free beer' licensed plugin and do not satisfy either the FSF, Debian or OSI standards for free software.
Monkey's Audio is a lossless audio format similar to FLAC (FLAC is also supported by GStreamer and available under the free LGPL license.) In our experience monkey's audio compresses the files a bit more than FLAC does, but do demand a bit more CPU than FLAC to decode, so it is a tradeoff.
This plugin should work both with the 0.6.x stable release series and the upcoming 0.7.x development series of GStreamer. The plugin installs both a decoder and an encoder, so you can use it to playback your .ape files with GStreamer based applications like Gst-player and Totem, to convert your .ape files to other formats like FLAC, Ogg, Wav and Mp3 and to convert your other media files to .ape files.
As a sidenote we do hope this plugin package will be usefull as an example and source for buildscripts etc. for developers who wish to distribute GStreamer plugins either standalone or with their libraries and/or applications. For people doing libraries that are yet not API stable this might be a better solution that including the plugin in the core GStreamer packages as it will avoid dependency problems when people upgrade to new versions of your library.
Credits: The Monkey's Audio plugin was made by Jeremy Simon The Monkey's Audio library was made by Matt Ashland
Andres Salomon contributed the patches needed to Make the plugin work on big-endian systems like PPC (Currently only works with GStreamer 0.7.x). Christian F.K. Schaller did the packaging and build scripts of this standalone plugin.
Download instructions can be found at the bottom of this page: http://www.gstreamer.net/releases/gst-monkeysaudio/0.6.0/
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