According to software republisher, Phoenix Global Software, music lovers in SA will shortly have access to the PC industry's most comprehensive music management software suite, with the local release of Maximum MP3.

Produced by German software maker, Data Becker, Maximum MP3 aims to give users the ability to easily record, rip, edit, organise, encode, burn and play music in all popular formats.

  Says Simon Campbell-Young, Phoenix CEO: "Maximum MP3 also gives access to an almost unlimited number of MP3s online, legally and for free. Users can also save Internet Radio streams to the hard disk, with functionality to split the files automatically by the song names." Dubbed Streamweaver, this function is claimed to allow the recording of multiple radio streams directly, as MP3 files with radio presets, automatic song recognition and splitting as well as black and white filters. Maximum MP3 provides cross conversion for all popular file formats, including WMA/WAV, MP3 and OGG Vorbis, he adds.

  "Advanced functionality allows enthusiasts to bring their music collections into the digital world, as old vinyl records and cassettes can be converted to MP3, while songs can also be imported from protected audio CDs with line-in recording in real time," continues Campbell-Young. The software creates ID3 tags manually or automatically with various options and tools, and allows files to be renamed according to individually created templates or automatically, he adds.

  Additional functions are said to include:

* Create play list;

* MP3 and WAV Editor;

* MP3 player with shuffling, repeating etc;

* Powerful search including formats and tag fields;

* Supports WAV, WMA and OGG Vorbis file format.

  Pricing and availability: Maximum MP3 will be available from March 1 from Incredible Connection stores countrywide, for R199, inc. VAT.