Innovative New "CD Jukebox" Program Introduced

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William C. McCain today announced the general availability of Disc Library Version 2.0. This innovative software product controls the playing of CDs on a group of high-capacity CD "mega-changers" that are attached to the serial (COM) ports of a personal computer, and it manages the entire collection of CDs that are loaded into those changers.

Having a composer field and page is very important. Most music library programs put emphasis on performer which is a secondary consideration for me.

William C. McCain today announced the general availability of Disc Library Version 2.0. This software product controls the playing of CDs on a group of high-capacity CD "mega-changers" that are attached to the serial (COM) ports of a personal computer, and it manages the entire collection of CDs that are loaded into those changers. Disc Library runs on computers with Microsoft Windows and Java 1.4.0 or later.

Disc Library supports three different Shuffle Modes and has extensive, easy-to-use support for user-defined Play Lists. Disc Library uses an Internet connection to look up CD information (including track titles) in the online database maintained by freedb.org. This information is used to build searchable, alphabetical listings of the entire CD collection by title, performer, and composer.

"I very much like your consideration for classical music collectors," said early user Curt Werdal. "Having a composer field and page is very important. Most music library programs put emphasis on performer which is a secondary consideration for me."

The supported CD changers are 200-disc, 300-disc, and 400-disc "carousel" models made by Sony and a 100-disc heavy-duty model made in Germany by NSM. Sony CD changers require an external adapter that converts Sony's "S-Link Control-A1" protocol into the standard serial COM-port format. The SAVR adapter made by BlackBoxDesigns is readily available for this purpose. A single SAVR supports up to six Sony CD changers (although the recommended maximum is four) and requires one COM port on the computer.

Jeff Behlendorf, one of the principals of BlackBoxDesigns, said, "BlackBoxDesigns is pleased to partner with Mr. McCain in support of the Disc Library jukebox software. Software suites such as this are the whole reason we developed the SAVR, and we couldn't be more impressed with the package. We heartily recommend this software for anyone who has a large CD library and Sony CD changers!"

Disc Library also supports the Slink-e adapter, which allows up to 12 Sony CD changers per COM port. The Slink-e adapter has been very popular with audiophiles, and many users already have them, but it has been discontinued by its manufacturer.

Early customer Robert G. Miller added, "I found Disc Library to be a joy to use. Especially how flawlessly the software detected the Slink-e and downloaded the info from the Internet."

The NSM changer does not require an adapter; up to 16 of them can be attached directly to a single COM port. However, unless additional buffering hardware is utilized, the recommended maximum is three NSM changers per COM port.

For further information, see http://www.mccain.metaconnect.com/product.htm

About William C. McCain

Mr. McCain has over 30 years experience developing packaged software for well-known vendors, including IBM and Novell. He also has more than 10 years experience developing custom audio/video software solutions for home theater and whole-house automation applications. Mr. McCain holds several sole-inventor patents and is a recipient of IBM's prestigious Outstanding Contribution Award. He is now an Independent Software Vendor.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

William C. McCain

(650) 327-4369

http://www.mccain.metaconnect.com

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