NTLK Re: MP3 decoding chip?

From: Stainless Steel Rat (ratinox@peorth.gweep.net)
Date: Mon Jul 17 2000 - 20:25:52 CDT

* <gopi@sloth.org> on Mon, 17 Jul 2000
| Somebody mentioned seeing an MP3 hardware decoder chip with a serial
| interface. Just wondering if any more info could be provided?

You know, if you're going to shell out the money for an external unit, you
should do yourself a favor and buy an MD recorder instead. MiniDisc sounds
better than any MP3, even those recorded at the highest bitrates
(~320kbps). Media is cheap: ~$2.00 per many times reusable disc which can
hold 74 minutes of music (80 minute MD blanks can be had for a little
more), compared to upwards of $150 for the equivalent capacity in Compact
Flash or Smartmedia. Portable recorders can be had for as little as $150
(or as much as $300 for the newest and smallest units). And *any* audio
source with a line out (or preferably an optical line out) can be used as a

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