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Is there any way around it? I know other players get around it by not distributing a GNU dll and just telling their users to compile one or download it separately.

Here I was thinking I could write an inexpensive playout system for small radio/internet stations costing me $100 but there is no way I’ll make anything like $15,000 in a year. Perhaps I could force all users to encode their mp3’s to ogg vorbis. I’m sure that will loose me sales.

Is there any chance in the future of creating a new version of FMOD that uses an external GNU licenced dll for decoding MP3 files?

Cheers,
Ross.

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Look that you can implement this yourself using the DSP chain. After the creation of a DSP you can put some code into the callback function. This code calls the DLL directly from your program. You may be able to work with an external DLL without problems.

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Oh! I forgot this: I don’t know if you are free of MP3 license even if you’re using an external DLL, because of the internal FMOD decoder. This should be replied by Brett

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Interesting question. What from I can gather reading Bretts FAQ, an author can stick to using Ogg Vorbis & WMA to avoid requiring an MP3 licence. Therefore I summize that playing MP3’s via an alternative DLL that I do not provide should be legal.

However, I’ve lost interest in using FMOD due to lack of feedback from my queries. I’ll be using Winamp as my engine.

Ross.

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