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Channel D Unveils New Pure Music-Player Software Designed for Apple iTunes

Trenton, NJ—April 23, 2010—Channel D, developers of innovative audio software solutions for Apple® Macintosh computers—including the acclaimed audiophile-quality Pure Vinyl software, a high-resolution vinyl transcription, archiving and editing program—recently introduced a new high-resolution digital audio playback software program for Apple iTunes®.

Pure Music, based on Channel D’s acclaimed Pure Vinyl audio playback engine, automatically docks with Apple’s free iTunes® digital jukebox software to handle music playback, using a high-resolution playback engine. iTunes acts as the database and playlist organizer; Pure Music leverages the user’s familiarity of iTunes functions such as track selection, music library navigation, and more. When combined with a high-resolution sound card or DAC, Pure Music delivers dynamic and detailed audio playback.

The advantages of using Pure Music are:
• Automatic sample rate switching (16 or 24 bits, 44.1 to 192 kHz)
• Gapless track playback and Memory Play
• Dithered Volume Control
• 64-bit Adjustable Subwoofer Crossover

According to Robert Robinson, Channel D’s Director of Engineering, “Pure Music offers many benefits over iTunes alone. Foremost, iTunes plays all audio tracks at the sample rate detected when launched. If this were 44.1kHz (CD quality), then all high resolution audio tracks (up to 192kHz/24-bit, which can be purchased and downloaded on the Internet) would be downsampled and played in CD format, diminishing playback quality. On the other hand, Pure Music will automatically play high-resolution audio tracks at their native sample rate (if supported by the connected sound card or DAC). This capability was previously only available in costly ($995) audio playback software, but now is available with Pure Music for just $129.00.?

Pure Music goes even further than previous player software, offering advanced features such as Memory Play, real-time high resolution upsampling of CD tracks, a 64-bit internal signal path, dithered volume control, subwoofer crossover, multichannel support, audio processing plug-ins, CoreAudio Hog Mode playback, high resolution audio streaming, precision signal metering, reverse play, and more. Pure Music natively plays all iTunes-supported audio formats, including but not limited to Apple Lossless, AIFF, Wave, AAC and MP3.

Pure Music is designed to accommodate changes in Apple’s iTunes as that software continues to evolve. Through a proprietary high performance mechanism developed with the help of Channel D’s 25 continuous years of in-house experience developing Macintosh software, Pure Music transparently monitors user commands to iTunes. This elegant design avoids needing to reverse engineer iTunes’ library and playlist formats, insuring compatibility with future versions of iTunes. As far as the user is concerned, iTunes behaves normally via the Play/Pause, Skip, Shuffle, Volume controls, etc. and even via remote operation with an iPhone™ or iPod touch® using Apple’s Remote application. However, the connection with iTunes stops there, because iTunes no longer plays the music.

All audio is rendered and played via Pure Music’s low CPU overhead, audiophile quality 64-bit resolution playback engine. (Note: 64-bit resolution audio is an entirely different thing from the 64-bit memory addressing now available in Apple’s OS X operating system.)

Robinson continues: “The many accolades from users in Internet forums regarding the audio playback quality of Pure Vinyl’s Music Server feature has created a tremendous demand for the product. Accordingly, Pure Music was created to focus on the digital music playback features, for users not interested in the vinyl-oriented editing and recording features of Pure Vinyl.?

Visitors to www.channld.com can download a free, 15-day, unrestricted demo program to try before purchase. System requirements: Mac OSX 10.5 or 10.6. The full program can be purchased on the site for $129.00.

About Channel D
Channel D has created and delivered popular and innovative audio software solutions for Apple Macintosh computers since 1997, when they introduced the acclaimed Mac the Scope audio signal analyzer software. For the past several years, Channel D has focused on products aimed at professional audio analysis and audio enthusiasts, including Waavebox (audio signal generator), AudioLeak (equivalent audio loudness analyzer), and Pure Vinyl, first released in 2006. Channel D’s Seta (Italian for silk) phono preamplifier product line provides a solid anchor point for Channel D’s end-to-end product strategy, linking analog vinyl playback with high resolution, transparently true to analog, up to 192kHz/24-bit digital audio.

Robert Robinson, founder of Channel D, was a research scientist and project manager at Bell Communications Research (originally part of AT&T Bell Laboratories) in New Jersey for over nine years. Included among his achievements there was designing and building one of the world’s first electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopes, for examining the structure of matter at the atomic level, in the late 1980s at the forefront of what’s now called nanotechnology. Dr. Robinson is responsible for product creation at Channel D.

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