Palm OS mp3 Encoding Now Available
Palm developer NewBornGames has released mp3enc, the first on device mp3 encoder available for Palm OS. It can convert WAV files into a variety of mp3 bitrates, ranging from 64 - 320kbps.
I tested out the trial version of mp3enc on a short piece of music. The resulting 192 kbps mp3 sounded quite good, with no obvious skipping or compression artifacts.
As you'd expect from a standard 312mhz CPU, the encoding speed is not exactly mind-blowing: it took about four and a half minutes on my Treo 650 to encode a 20-second piece of music @ 192kbps. However, by using PXA Clocker and overclocking the Treo's 312mhz ARM to 428mhz, this was slashed to three minutes. Those willing (and brave enough!) to push their devices harder will see even more impressive performance. It's also likely that it would be faster with simpler voice-only recordings, such as those generated by the Treo call recorders CallRec and mVoice. Batch encoding is supported, adding further to its usefulness.
mp3enc is simple and stable and NewBornGames deserve kudos for bringing yet another new ability to our Palms.
The full version costs $12 to register, or you can purchase it in a bundle with NewBorn's Wave Edit Pro for $30. There is a free trial available.
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- I got one -Tuckermaclain
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