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History of RoboDJ
RoboDJ was first created in February 1999 (Beta Version 0.2) to address the issue of presenting background music for cafes. The idea was to play existing WAV (raw audio) and AVI audio music files then in use due to the hassle of playing CDs and using CD changers. The program was moderately successful, but the lack of tag information (such as artist, title, and other information) severely limited the flexibility of RoboDJ.
The next version, 0.5, was designed in June 1999 to incorporate the new WMA (Windows Media Audio, version 1) file format, which was designed to be comparable in sound quality to WAV files, but half the size. The original design required individual folders to be dragged and dropped onto the player, taking a lot of time to establish play lists.
After receiving some good reviews in Los Angeles, it was time to move forward with a more robust and more highly automated system. At that time, MP3 files became all the rage, and the concept of tags within the files for artist, title, genre, album, and other information helped extend the usefulness of RoboDJ.
A major rewrite of RoboDJ allowed for a new method of adding music files: Automatic scanning of the computer's hard drive. This made RoboDJ much easier for novice users to use. The WAV, WMA, and now MP3 file formats were incorporated into this version, RoboDJ Version 1.0, released in April 2001.
After testing RoboDJ in various venues, it was discovered that different processors (Pentium 3, Pentium 4, and AMD's Athlon processor) treated the playback differently, so that the seamless transition between songs wasn't so seamless after all. Also, RoboDJ went from 2 player engines to 4, allowing for extremely short sound files such as small announcements, musical stingers, and other brief (less than 3-second) sound files could be played in succession. The timed play scheduler was rewritten to make it more user-friendly. This resulted in version 1.5, released in October 2005.
Now, we're up to RoboDJ Version 2.0. There are many important differences in Version 2.0:
Future Development for RoboDJ will include more robust support of audio streaming, online purchase, and matching of music tempos. Buyers of RoboDJ Version 2.0 will receive free updates in that series. It's expected that the RoboDJ Version 2 series will be available for several years.
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