Fission: Lossless at Last

Sure, between applications as full-featured as Bias Peak and Apple’s own Soundtrack not to mention freeware like Audacity, Mac users are a bit spoilt for choice when it comes to audio editors. But for those like myself who long for the simplicity and elegance of the long gone SoundEdit, Rogue Amoeba may just have the answer. Fission is the first (and currently only) OS X audio editor to support lossless editing of MP3 and AAC audio. The software has a super simple interface which provides an accurate dual-waveform view and a handful of editing commands that let you split, cut, …

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Rogue Amoeba Says Developer Reactions are “Shocked”, “Angry” — But Mostly, Waiting

More details are coming in about the Apple-Intel deal. Here’s the really short version: Incompatible with PCs: You’ll probably be able to run Windows and Intel-Linux (unsupported) on Apple’s new Macs, but Apple won’t let you run OS X on PC hardware. Big surprise: Apple wants your hardware cash. (See Apple’s Schiller to CNet.com) Transition Ahead For Some Developers: CNet has the answer to the question I asked during the keynote. Developers who didn’t use Apple’s development tools to create their app will have to move their code to Apple’s XCode to take advantage of the Intel hardware. If they’re …

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Airfoil: Any App’s Audio to Airport Express

Rogue Amoeba, those virtuosos of routing audio in any Mac OS X app, have released Airfoil, their new application for routing audio from any Mac app to Aiport Express — not just iTunes. (The app was originally going to be called Slipstream, as we reported here.) Finally, you can listen to BBC Radio 6 from anywhere in the house! (via our friends at samplepoolz, a must-read music site with a sample focus) More importantly, this means you can play a gig running around with your PowerBook! Strap that puppy to a shopping cart (or, hell, play CATCH with it), stream …

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Slipstream: Send Audio to Airport Express From Any Mac App

Apple's Airport Express is about to become a must-have. Rogue Amoeba's Slipstream Mac OS X application will let you use any Mac application with the Airport, not just iTunes. Pick an application source, choose the Airport you want to send to, and you've got instant audio streaming over Wi-Fi. The application is coming in early 2005 for US$25, with an initial price of $20. (Screenshot shown is preliminary.) The product hasn't been announced to the press yet, but Rogue did send an announcement yesterday to its user list.

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WireTap Pro Recording Utility (Mac OS X)

Rogue Amoeba's Audio Hijack has a new rival for recording audio from any Mac app: Ambrosia has announced its new audio recording utility WireTap Pro (US$19). WireTap Pro boasts a one-button interface, direct AIFF, MP3, and AAC recording support, iCal integration for scheduled recording of radio, and even sharing of recording scheduling packages with other users. (That last feature could be the killer feature.) One feature Audio Hijack has it doesn't: it doesn't look like there's effects capabilities or by-application control. Crazy power users like me may want both utilities, especially with the $9 crossgrade from Audio Hijack. WireTap's simple …

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Audio Hijack 2.2 Adds More Automation

Rogue Amoeba's must-have audio tool Audio Hijack lets you record audio from any Mac app; today's 2.2 release adds lots of new features for automatically handling recorded audio. You can now automatically add recorded audio to your iPod, or set a 'stop recording after' option for easy scheduling. The release also features better RealPlayer media handling, among other tweaks. Compatibility: Mac Pricing/Availability: $16 new (free upgrade), available now UPDATED: Check out this in-depth tutorial on Audio Hijack to get started with the program!

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