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  NOTE:

  This is a modified version of MAPLAY, an MPEG-1 layer I and II audio
  player for many UNIX variants.

  The Linux-specific part of this version has been modified so that it
  will work on slower computers. To be specific, the original MAPLAY
  requires a Pentium-60 MHz or similar machine in order to have good
  performance (on slower machines the sound gets choppy).

  This version works acceptably on 486DX2 machines; in general the CPU
  load ranges from 35% (for 32-kbps, 32-kHz MPEG mono layer II files) to
  about 95% (for 96-kbps, 44.1-kHz mono layer II files). The load will
  go up with higher bitrates or stereo.

  I've not tested this player with higher-bitrate files, but I'm pretty
  sure that the sound quality will be degraded for these. Anyway, I have
  a 486DX2 and I figured out I'd be happy with limited functionality (in
  this case, lower-bitrate files) rather than no functionality at all,
  as the normal MAPLAY is unusable on 486DX2's and lesser machines.

  Enjoy!

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   Orlando Andico
   email: orly@gibson.eee.upd.edu.ph
   WWW:   http://gibson.eee.upd.edu.ph/~orly/