Re: Misc

From: Nicolas Welte (
Date: 1999-10-01 12:18:04

Richard Atkinson wrote:
> I think an mp3 player for a C64 with an REU might be practical. The mp3
> files could be reduced so that they fit into 512K, with a reduction in
> quality to suit 4 bit samples and whatever sample rate was possible
> instead of 16 bit 44.1kHz.
> Well it's a nice idea :) I just got into trouble at work for having mp3
> files...

Hmmm. The most promising, but not cheapest option is a hardware decoder.
German c't magazine had an article on this a while ago and the kit can
be bought from, maybe for about $100 with all needed parts.
The device is fed with MP3 data via the printer port, so a C64 front end
is a possibility. Someone already ported it to Amiga, for using it on
the CDTV which fits your HiFi equipment very nicely. But a C64 without a
_fast_ hard disk will probably be even to slow to supply the MP3 file at
the needed speed. What are popular rates for MP3s? 128 and 160kbit/s? A
1541 won't do this ;-)

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