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Sonique is an audio player application released as freeware for Microsoft Windows, capable of handling MP3, Ogg Vorbis, Microsoft Windows Media, audio CDs, and more.

Sonique was under development until 2002. It was one of the most popular desktop audio players, second only to Nullsoft's Winamp audio player. The major features of Sonique included support for irregular skins, the audioEnlightenment MP3 decoding engine by Tony Million, innovative audio visualizations, and a 20 band graphic equalizer.

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Sonique had roots in the lesser known Vibe MP3 player created by Andrew McCann, Ian Lyman and Paul Peavyhouse, students at Montana State University working together under the name Night5, a reference to the speed limit signs used in Montana.

In 1997, Night55 sold the rights to Vibe to SGS Thompson to use in COMDEX '98 to showcase some DVD features. After selling the rights to Vibe, Andrew McCann and Ian Lyman began work on a more comprehensive MP3 player which they named Sonique. Sonique debuted in January 1998 at the first annual MP3 Summit to enormous excitement, receiving several acquisition offers the same day. Shortly after the MP3 Summit, Lyman and McCann returned to their hometown of Bozeman, Montana and formed Mediascience, Inc., leasing office space in a former coffee shop and bringing on additional staff to help with management, development, and support of the burgeoning user base. These early hires included Al-Riaz Adatia, Nicholas Vinen, Pol Llovet and Tony Million. In 1999, after talks with both Yahoo and Lycos, Mediascience (now named Internet Music Distribution, Inc.) was sold to Lycos forUS$38.8 million. Shortly after the Lycos acquisition, the Sonique team began work on Sonique 2, a totally new version of the player application intended to become a platform for listening to, organizing and purchasing digital music.[citation needed]

After Lycos was acquired by Terra Networks, S.A. in mid-2001, the collapse of the dot-com bubble caused the entire Sonique team to be laid off, with the exception of McCann and Lyman. Unhappy with the summary termination of their colleagues, McCann and Lyman left shortly thereafter and were replaced with a smaller team based out of Lycos corporate headquarters. Because of an internal shift in priorities, the updated version of Sonique was never completed. An alpha and later a beta version of Sonique 2 was eventually released.

Sonique fused a highly stylized aesthetic with a fluid, windowless interface and fully animated menu systems. Additional functionality included a basic playlist editor, a variety of unique output visualization modes via plug-ins, and a robust control set featuring pitch, balance and amplification adjustment, as well as a 20-band equalizer with spline-based level adjustment. It supported many audio formats, including MP3, MP2, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, MOD, XM, IT, S3M, Audio CD and Windows Media Audio. Further audio and visual formats were playable through various plugins, for example AVI video files. Sonique could also be used to listen to audio streams.

Sonique's look and feel could be completely customized via skins.

Sonique's bundled test audio file featured a song snippet by Mamasutra entitled "Sonique Theme", with the comment field in the MP3 saying "Its so good, so good, so good," mirroring part of the lyrics.

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Sonique (media player)
Sonique media player Language Watch Edit This article has multiple issues Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page Learn how and when to remove these template messages This article needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed Find sources Sonique media player news newspapers books scholar JSTOR May 2008 Learn how and when to remove this template message This article contains content that is written like an advertisement Please help improve it by removing promotional content and inappropriate external links and by adding encyclopedic content written from a neutral point of view March 2013 Learn how and when to remove this template message Learn how and when to remove this template message Sonique is an audio player application released as freeware for Microsoft Windows capable of handling MP3 Ogg Vorbis Microsoft Windows Media audio CDs and more SoniqueSonique s default skinDeveloper s LycosFinal release1 96 March 2002 19 years ago 2002 03 Operating systemMicrosoft WindowsTypeAudio playerLicenseFreewareWebsitewww wbr glop wbr org wbr sonique wbr Sonique was under development until 2002 It was one of the most popular desktop audio players second only to Nullsoft s Winamp audio player The major features of Sonique included support for irregular skins the audioEnlightenment MP3 decoding engine by Tony Million innovative audio visualizations and a 20 band graphic equalizer Contents 1 History 2 Design 3 See also 4 References 5 External linksHistory EditSonique had roots in the lesser known Vibe MP3 player created by Andrew McCann Ian Lyman and Paul Peavyhouse students at Montana State University working together under the name Night5 a reference to the speed limit signs used in Montana 1 In 1997 Night55 sold the rights to Vibe to SGS Thompson to use in COMDEX 98 to showcase some DVD features After selling the rights to Vibe Andrew McCann and Ian Lyman began work on a more comprehensive MP3 player which they named Sonique Sonique debuted in January 1998 at the first annual MP3 Summit to enormous excitement receiving several acquisition offers the same day 2 Shortly after the MP3 Summit Lyman and McCann returned to their hometown of Bozeman Montana and formed Mediascience Inc leasing office space in a former coffee shop and bringing on additional staff to help with management development and support of the burgeoning user base These early hires included Al Riaz Adatia Nicholas Vinen Pol Llovet and Tony Million In 1999 after talks with both Yahoo and Lycos 3 Mediascience now named Internet Music Distribution Inc was sold to Lycos for US 38 8 million 4 Shortly after the Lycos acquisition the Sonique team began work on Sonique 2 a totally new version of the player application intended to become a platform for listening to organizing and purchasing digital music citation needed After Lycos was acquired by Terra Networks S A in mid 2001 the collapse of the dot com bubble caused the entire Sonique team to be laid off with the exception of McCann and Lyman Unhappy with the summary termination of their colleagues McCann and Lyman left shortly thereafter and were replaced with a smaller team based out of Lycos corporate headquarters Because of an internal shift in priorities the updated version of Sonique was never completed An alpha and later a beta version of Sonique 2 was eventually released Design EditSonique fused a highly stylized aesthetic with a fluid windowless interface and fully animated menu systems Additional functionality included a basic playlist editor a variety of unique output visualization modes via plug ins and a robust control set featuring pitch balance and amplification adjustment as well as a 20 band equalizer with spline based level adjustment It supported many audio formats including MP3 MP2 Ogg Vorbis WAV MOD XM IT S3M Audio CD and Windows Media Audio Further audio and visual formats were playable through various plugins for example AVI video files Sonique could also be used to listen to audio streams Sonique s look and feel could be completely customized via skins Sonique s bundled test audio file featured a song snippet by Mamasutra entitled Sonique Theme with the comment field in the MP3 saying Its so good so good so good mirroring part of the lyrics See also EditComparison of audio player softwareReferences Edit The Official Vibe Homepage Swooby com Retrieved 2011 09 09 First Annual MP3 Summit Hits San Diego This Week Stereophile com Retrieved 2011 09 09 Yahoo may join MP3 player fray CNET News Retrieved 2011 09 09 Lycos Purchases Closely Held Media Science Company News New York Times 1999 08 07 Retrieved 2011 09 09 External links EditThe Museum of Sonique Sonique on OldApps com Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Sonique media player amp oldid 1044717477, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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