Tue 20 Dec 2005

Fluendo announces free MP3 audio decoding for GNU/Linux and Unix

Fluendo released today their mp3 decoding GStreamer plug-in for the GNU/Linux and Unix operating systems free of cost.

In order to improve the GNU/Linux and Unix multimedia experience Fluendo announced today the immediate availability of their MP3 plug-in for the GStreamer multimedia framework. The MP3 decoder is available free of charge both for individual end users and GNU/Linux and Unix distribution makers.

In addition to making their licensed binary plug-in available to the public Fluendo also released the source code to this MP3 plug-in under the very permissive MIT license allowing all kind of developers and companies access to it.

The GStreamer plug-in will allow playback of the popular MP3 format using many popular open source applications like the Banshee music player and Totem media player. While various MP3 playback solutions already are available this one will allow MP3 working out of the box with any distribution entering into our distribution agreement.

Fluendo are working very hard to promote and ensure people have excellent support for the free and open Ogg Vorbis audio format, yet we realize that people have many files around in the legacy MP3 format and we wanted to do something to solve that problem.
Fluendo CEO Julien Moutte says
With the release of this plug-in we offer a excellent opportunity for GNU/Linux distributions to offer their users out of the box mp3 support and help them migrate towards more open formats.

For more information on this plugins go to the Fluendo website, click on the resources link in the top menu and then follow the links to Fluendo MP3 plug-in.


The GStreamer framework is the leading multimedia framework on Unix and GNU/Linux systems. It is deployed as part of the GNOME desktop used by vendors such as Red Hat, Novell, Sun and Canonical, and used by server side products such as the Flumotion Streaming Media Server from Fluendo. GStreamer is also being used as the primary multimedia engine on the Nokia 770 Internet tablet.

Fluendo S.L.

Fluendo is a company specialized in delivering products and consulting services focusing on UNIX and GNU/Linux multimedia. Fluendo employs several of the central developers of the GStreamer multimedia framework, which is quickly establishing itself as the de-facto standard multimedia framework for GNU/Linux and UNIX systems.

Fluendo's flagship product is the streaming media server, Flumotion, endowed with a unique and powerful distributed design. Fluendo comes out ahead by combining best-of-breed systems from the Open Source world with a strong team of highly knowledgeable software engineers and a management team with a lot of streaming media expertise.

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