For Immediate Release

UltraPlayer Software Ranks Highest In Independent MP3 Audio Quality Tests

Louisville, CO July 26, 2000 -- UltraCo Incorporated announced today that their UltraPlayer™ Audio Software received the highest ranking in an impartial head-to-head test comparing the audio quality of 20 of the most popular media players. Their Neutrino™ MPEG Audio decoder passed all of the five rigorous tests with flying colors. The tests were performed by PhD candidate David Robinson under an independent research grant from the Engineering and Physics Research Council ( The results of the extensive test are available for viewing at

UltraPlayer’s Neutrino decoder was top rated in a formidable field of players, beating Winamp™ 2.62, Sonique™ 1.51, MusicMatch™ Jukebox 5.1118, and Microsoft Windows Media Player™ v6.4 and v7 beta. Amongst the top four finishers, UltraPlayer was the only player tested that is currently available, independent, and not part of an open-source project.

"The results of Mr. Robinson’s tests corroborate our own internal evaluations and the great feedback we get from UltraPlayer users around the world. This strictly independent test proves what we’ve known for some time, that UltraPlayer has the best combination of fidelity, efficiency, and stability in the world, and its free!" said UltraCo President, Andy Fanton.

The UltraPlayer 1.0 audio software plays MP3, WAV, WMA, CD Audio, and Internet radio streams. UltraPlayer features a dual-mode, intuitive interface with UltraSkins and visualization modules. The feature-packed application allows users to play, build and manage playlists, tune to and record Internet radio streams, search for music, convert CD tracks to MP3s (with the addition of the EasyMP3 module), convert MP3s to WAV files, set the SmartAlarm, and much more.

UltraPlayer also features embedded BullsEye™ ad impressions available for campaigns aimed at the emerging digital audio market. The customizable interface of UltraPlayer can also be co-branded and licensed for OEM distribution, music promotion, or other marketing efforts that require a flexible, high-performance audio application.

The UltraPlayer audio software is available for free download at

About UltraCo:
Founded in 1999, UltraCo Incorporated ( is a leading developer of Internet music software and services for the online music market. UltraCo is a privately-held corporation dedicated to equipping consumers with the best tools for enhancing their online music experience.


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