Macromedia has announced the latest version of its Shockwave World Wide Web browser plug-in, which offers audio streaming compression of up to 176:1 over the Internet. The tool will enable World Wide Web developers to create sites using streamed, compressed audio files with near CD-quality sound using standard Web servers, such as Netscape SuiteSpot or Microsoft Internet Information Server. The audio applications can be heard by Web surfers using modems as slow as 14.4Kbits/s modems, Macromedia says.
Several companies that run Web sites, including Warner Bros. Records, CNN Interactive, Capitol Records, and MCI, have unveiled audio applications using the new version of the Shockwave Web browser plug-in.
"Still fairly new, Shockwave has made impressive inroads in deployment since its introduction to the market last December," says Kathy Klotz, multimedia industry analyst at market research firm Dataquest.
The new version of the Shockwave plug-in is available for machines running Windows 95 and NT and the Macintosh PowerPC. It can be downloaded free of charge on Macromedia's Web site at http://www.macromedia.com.