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+               <A NAME="20031111">11-Nov-2003:</A>
+       </P>
+       <P>
+       <UL>
+               <LI>
+                       <B>Primus offers live shows in FLAC</B>
+                       <P>
+                       <A HREF="http://www.primussucks.com/">Primus</A> is offering soundboard recordings from 2003 Tour de Fromage in FLAC and MP3 on <A HREF="http://www.primuslive.com/">primuslive.com</A>.  More info <A HREF="http://blogcritics.org/archives/2003/10/23/135952.php">here</A> and <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/daily/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=2005669">here</A>.
+               </LI>
+       </UL>
+       </P>
+
+       <P>
+               <A NAME="20031013">13-Oct-2003:</A>
+       </P>
+       <P>
+       <UL>
+               <LI>
+                       <B>Magnatune catalog available in FLAC</B>
+                       <P>
+                       Independent record label <A HREF="http://magnatune.com/">Magnatune</A> is now <A HREF="http://forums.magnatune.com/read/messages?id=559079">offering their catalog in FLAC and Vorbis</A> in addition to MP3.
+               </LI>
+       </UL>
+       </P>
+
+       <P>
+               <A NAME="20030811">11-Aug-2003:</A>
+       </P>
+       <P>
+       <UL>
+               <LI>
+                       <B>New Rio Karma supports FLAC</B>
+                       <P>
+                       Rio has announced a new portable, the <A HREF="http://www.digitalnetworksna.com/shop/_templates/item_main_Rio.asp?model=220&cat=53">Rio Karma</A>, which supports FLAC and Ogg Vorbis.
+               </LI>
+       </UL>
+       </P>
+
+       <P>
+               <A NAME="20030623">23-Jun-2003:</A>
+       </P>
+       <P>
+       <UL>
+               <LI>
+                       <B>livephish.com offers FLAC shows</B>
+                       <P>
+                       <A HREF="http://www.livephish.com/">livephish.com</A> is now offering soundboard recordings of live shows in FLAC format in addition to MP3.
+               </LI>
+       </UL>
+       </P>
+
+       <P>
+               <A NAME="20030209">09-Feb-2003:</A>
+       </P>
+       <P>
+       <UL>
+               <LI>
+                       <B>ReQuest adds FLAC support</B>
+                       <P>
+                       <A HREF="http://www.request.com/us/">ReQuest Multimedia's</A> AudioReQuest music servers <A HREF="http://www.request.com/us/whatsnew.html">now support FLAC</A>.
+               </LI>
+       </UL>
+       </P>
+
+       <P>
+               <A NAME="20030129">29-Jan-2003:</A>
+       </P>
+       <P>
+       <UL>
+               <LI>
+                       <B>FLAC has joined the Xiph project</B>&nbsp;&nbsp;See <A HREF="http://xiph.org/ogg/flac.html">here</A> for the press release.
+                       <P>
+                       <A HREF="http://xiph.org/">Xiph.org</A> is behind other free codecs such as <A HREF="http://www.vorbis.com/">Vorbis</A>, <A HREF="http://www.theora.org/">Theora</A>, and <A HREF="http://www.speex.org/">Speex</A>.  Our merger with Xiph will bring FLAC into the ranks and lead to better integration with the <A HREF="http://www.xiph.org/ogg/">Ogg multimedia framework</A>.
+                       <P>
+                       Note that the FLAC format is not changing, native FLAC will continue to exist, and the command-line tools and plugins will continue to work as before.  The codec libraries will now be available under Xiph's BSD-like license.
+                       <P>
+                       Over the next few days we will be transitioning normal operations off SourceForge and over to Xiph.org; first will be CVS and the web pages, followed by the mailing lists, bug tracker, and file release area.  We will keep a mirror here until the transition is complete.  It's OK to send patches to the flac-dev list but they won't be able to be integrated until CVS is fully moved over.
+               </LI>
+       </UL>
+       </P>
+
+       <P>
+               <A NAME="20030126">26-Jan-2003:</A>
+       </P>
+       <P>
+       <UL>
+               <LI>
+                       <B>FLAC 1.1.0 released</B>&nbsp;&nbsp;I didn't get everything in that I wanted, but it's high time for a release.
+                       <P>
+                       Note that the minor version has incremented, meaning forward compatibility was broken (forward compatibility means an earlier decoder can play all streams made by a later decoder).  This is only because of a bug in 1.0.4 and prior where the decoder could not properly skip unknown metadata.  The stream format itself has not changed and FLAC is still fully backward-compatible.  All it means is that a FLAC file containing cue sheet metadata will not decode in older decoders.  This bug is fixed in 1.1.0.
+                       <P>
+                       Here's what's new:
+                       <P>
+                       General:
+                       <UL>
+                               <LI>All code is now <A HREF="http://valgrind.kde.org/">Valgrind</A>-clean!</LI>
+                               <LI>New <A HREF="format.html#def_CUESHEET">CUESHEET</A> metadata block for storing CD TOC and index point information.  Now a CD can be completely backed up to a single FLAC file for archival.</LI>
+                               <LI><A HREF="http://www.replaygain.org/">ReplayGain</A> support.</LI>
+                               <LI>Better compression of 24-bit files.</LI>
+                               <LI>More complete AIFF support.</LI>
+                               <LI>3DNow! optimizations enabled by default.</LI>
+                               <LI>Complete MSVC build system with .dsp projects for everything, which can build both static libs and DLLs, and in debug or release mode, all in the same source tree.</LI>
+                       </UL>
+                       <P>
+                       <B><TT>flac</TT></B>:
+                       <UL>
+                               <LI>Can now decode FLAC to AIFF; new <TT>--force-aiff-format</TT> option.</LI>
+                               <LI>New <TT>--cuesheet</TT> option for reading and storing a cuesheet when encoding a whole CD.  Automatically creates seek points for track and index points unless <TT>--no-cued-seekpoints</TT> is used.</LI>
+                               <LI>New <TT>--replay-gain</TT> option for calculating ReplayGain values and storing them as tags.</LI>
+                               <LI>New <TT>--until</TT> option complements <TT>--skip</TT> to stop decoding at a specified point in the stream.</LI>
+                               <LI><TT>--skip</TT> and <TT>--until</TT> now also accept mm:ss.ss format.</LI>
+                               <LI>New <TT>-S #s</TT> flavor to specify seekpoints every '#' number of seconds.</LI>
+                               <LI><B><TT>flac</TT></B> now defaults to <TT>-S 10s</TT> instead of <TT>-S 100x</TT> for the seek table.</LI>
+                               <LI><B><TT>flac</TT></B> now adds a 4k PADDING block by default (turn off with <TT>--no-padding</TT>).</LI>
+                               <LI>Fixed a bug with --skip and AIFF-to-FLAC encoding.</LI>
+                               <LI>Fixed a bug where decoding a FLAC file whose total_samples==0 in the STREAMINFO would corrupt the WAVE header.</LI>
+                       </UL>
+                       <P>
+                       <B><TT>metaflac</TT></B>:
+                       <UL>
+                               <LI>New <TT>--import-cuesheet-from</TT> option for reading and storing a cuesheet to a FLAC-encoded CD.  Automatically creates seek points for track and index points unless <TT>--no-cued-seekpoints</TT> is used.</LI>
+                               <LI>New <TT>--export-cuesheet-to</TT> option for writing a cuesheet from a FLAC file for use with CD authoring software.</LI>
+                               <LI>New <TT>--add-replay-gain</TT> option for calculating ReplayGain values and storing them as tags.</LI>
+                               <LI>New <TT>--add-seekpoint</TT> option to add seekpoints to an existing FLAC file.  Includes new <TT>--add-seekpoint=#s</TT> flavor to add seekpoints every '#' number of seconds.</LI>
+                       </UL>
+                       <P>
+                       XMMS plugin:
+                       <UL>
+                               <LI>Configurable sample resolution conversion with dither.</LI>
+                               <LI>ReplayGain support with customizable noise shaping, pre-amp, and optional hard limiter.</LI>
+                               <LI>New Vorbis comment editor.</LI>
+                               <LI>File info now works.</LI>
+                               <LI>Bitrate now shows the smoothed instantaneous bitrate.</LI>
+                               <LI>Uses the ARTIST tag if there is no PERFORMER tag.</LI>
+                       </UL>
+                       <P>
+                       Winamp2 plugin:
+                       <UL>
+                               <LI>Configurable sample resolution conversion with dither.</LI>
+                               <LI>ReplayGain support with customizable noise shaping, pre-amp, and optional hard limiter.</LI>
+                               <LI>File info now works.</LI>
+                               <LI>Uses the ARTIST tag if there is no PERFORMER tag.</LI>
+                       </UL>
+                       <P>
+                       Libraries (developers take note!):
+                       <UL>
+                               <LI>All code and tests are instrumented for Valgrind.  All tests run Valgrind-clean, meaning no memory leaks or buffer over/under-runs.</LI>
+                               <LI>Separate 64-bit datapath through the filter in <B><TT>libFLAC</TT></B> for better compression of &gt;16 bps files.</LI>
+                               <LI><TT>FLAC__metadata_object_new(FLAC__METADATA_TYPE_VORBIS_COMMENT)</TT> now sets the vendor string.</LI>
+                               <LI>The documentation on the usage of <TT>FLAC::Iterator::get_block()</TT> in <B><TT>libFLAC++</TT></B> has an important correction.  If you use this class make sure to read <A HREF="api/group__flacpp__metadata__level2.html">this</A>.</LI>
+                       </UL>
+               </LI>
+       </UL>
+       </P>
+
+       <P>
                <A NAME="20020924">24-Sep-2002:</A>
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                <A NAME="20020924">24-Sep-2002:</A>
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                                <LI>UTF-8 support in Vorbis comments.</LI>
                                <LI>New --import-vc-from and --export-vc-to commands for importing/exporting Vorbis comments from/to a file.  For example, the following can be used to copy tags back and forth:<BR>
                                        <TT>
                                <LI>UTF-8 support in Vorbis comments.</LI>
                                <LI>New --import-vc-from and --export-vc-to commands for importing/exporting Vorbis comments from/to a file.  For example, the following can be used to copy tags back and forth:<BR>
                                        <TT>
-                                       metaflac --export-vc-to=- --no-utf8-convert file.flac | vorbiscomment --raw -w -c file.ogg<BR>
-                                       vorbiscomment -l --raw file.ogg | metaflac --import-vc-from=- --no-utf8-convert file.flac<BR>
+                                       metaflac --export-vc-to=- --no-utf8-convert file.flac | vorbiscomment --raw -w file.ogg<BR>
+                                       vorbiscomment --raw -l file.ogg | metaflac --import-vc-from=- --no-utf8-convert file.flac<BR>
                                        </TT>
                                </LI>
                                <LI>Fixed <A HREF="http://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=606796&group_id=13478&atid=113478">bug #606796</A> where <B><TT>metaflac</TT></B> was failing on read-only files.</LI>
                                        </TT>
                                </LI>
                                <LI>Fixed <A HREF="http://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=606796&group_id=13478&atid=113478">bug #606796</A> where <B><TT>metaflac</TT></B> was failing on read-only files.</LI>
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                <LI>
-                       <B>FLAC goes hardware!</B>&nbsp;&nbsp;<A HREF="http://www.phatnoise.com/">Phatnoise</A> has become the first commercial hardware platform to support FLAC.  Firmware is now available for the Phatbox player to play FLAC files.  See <A HREF="http://www.phatnoise.com/forum/showthread.php?threadid=74">here</A> for details.
+                       <B>FLAC goes hardware!</B>&nbsp;&nbsp;<A HREF="http://www.phatnoise.com/">Phatnoise</A> has become the first commercial hardware platform to support FLAC.  Firmware is now available for the Phatbox player to play FLAC files.  See <A HREF="http://www.phatnoise.com/technology/encoding.php">here</A> for details.
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