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Seeking WavPack Player Plugin for Winamp Version 2.4 2006-12-10
Copyright (c) 2005 Conifer Software. All Rights Reserved.
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This plugin allows you to play WavPack files in the popular Windows audio player Winamp (either versions 2 or 5). All versions of WavPack file are supported (back to 1.00) and both lossless and lossy modes are playable (and seekable). Files encoded in "raw" mode prior to version 4.0 will not play.

Support for playing 24-bit files and floating point files is provided, however the support for this in winamp is spotty and, of course, many soundcards do not support this data. Make sure you have the latest version of winamp and your soundcard's drivers.

This version of the plugin supports reading both ID3v1 and APEv2 tags. If either of these tags are present on the .wv file, the artist and title will appear in the winamp playlist and additional info will show in the InfoBox.

The plugin can use the .wvc files (if present) to enable lossless playback of hybrid files. However, because this requires more CPU processing and disk seeking, a configuration setting exists to disable this feature if desired.

ReplayGain is now supported through the APEv2 tags, although the ReplayGain information must be calculated and stored in the tags by another application (Foobar2000 is a good one). The configuration allows the choice of ReplayGain mode (disabled, track or album mode) and a choice of action in the case where a track (or album) will clip after the ReplayGain is applied. The choices are to simply hard clip the samples, to apply "soft clipping" that rounds the clipped waveforms, and a third option to scale down the track beforehand so that it will not clip. The current gain and whether soft clipping is active is shown in the infobox.

To install the plugin simply copy (or extract) the file "in_wv.dll" into the standard Winamp plugins directory (usually located at:"\program files\winamp\plugins").

Because WavPack files from versions prior to 4.0 do not have seeking information embedded in them, the seeking feature of this plugin works a little differently than you may be used to when playing these older files. When the plugin plays an older WavPack file it automatically generates a temporary index for the file in memory. When a seek is requested the plugin will instantly seek to the desired location if it has been stored in the index, otherwise the seek operation could take several seconds during which nothing is heard. Depending on the speed of your computer and the mode that the file was packed with, this can be from about 10x to 100x normal playback speed.

WavPack and this plugin are free programs; feel free to give them to anyone who may find them useful. There is no warrantee provided and you agree to use them completely at your own risk. If you have any questions or problems please let me know at
david@wavpack.com
and be sure to visit
www.wavpack.com
for the latest versions of WavPack and this plugin.
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