Popular audio enhancement product breaks into the Top 10 of all downloaded
third party software
GenAudio Inc., developer of AstoundSound™ 4D sound localization cue technology, today announced that the company’s AstoundStereo Expander software is currently the top audio software download on Apple’s online download site. The software also remains among the ranks of the top 10 most downloaded products for all third party software available on the site.
GenAudio launched the AstoundStereo Expander in January, 2009, providing Mac users with an advanced software solution to enhance their audio experience. The AstoundStereo Expander is derived from GenAudio’s proprietary AstoundSound 4D technology, which draws on years of audio perception research to immerse listeners in a 360 degree, spherical soundscape that mimics the sound of real life. The AstoundStereo Expander allows Mac users to apply this enhanced audio processing technology to their existing digital audio for a heightened, deepened and widened listening experience through as little as two audio channels, such as headphones, home theater speakers or laptop speakers.
“We are extremely excited to see that our AstoundStereo Expander software has resonated with Mac owners and is filling the void that existed in experiencing high-quality audio from basic laptop speakers or headphones,” said Jerry Mahabub, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GenAudio. “The fast ascent of the product into the top position of audio downloads from Apple’s online site validates the quality of our product and the superior audio experience it is able to deliver. Consumers are looking for an affordable product to enhance the audio of their media collections and we are providing the best solution.”
When downloaded, the AstoundStereo Expander software processes all audio on Mac users’ laptop or desktop computer in real-time. This enables the listener to hear their music, movies and video games in a richer, fuller way. The product’s most recent update included hotkey functionality for adjusting the intensity of the application’s effect on the audio and an overall performance upgrade.
Mac owners who wish to experience the enhanced audio provided by the AstoundStereo Expander for their movies, music and games can download a free 30-day trial at Apple’s online download site http://www.apple.com/downloads or at www.astoundstereo.com. Following the trial, users can purchase the software for $39.95.
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OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion' Q&A - Published September 9, 2012
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How can I upgrade or 'hack' an incompatible Intel Mac to run OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion'? Is it even possible?
As noted elsewhere within EveryMac.com's Mountain Lion Q&A, Mountain Lion entirely drops support for many 'older' Macs, some of which were sold as new only a little over three years ago.
Some users may view this increasingly short support timeline unimportant, as they wish to purchase a new computer or a newer computer every couple of years and have little need for 'legacy' software or document support. Others may be quite happy with the computer they have -- even if it is a few years old -- and are not interested in upgrading to Mountain Lion, regardless.
However, for those who would like to run the latest operating system and have a Mac officially capable of running Lion, but not Mountain Lion, there are obstacles to overcome.
Mountain Lion Installation Obstacles
There are three issues that keep these unsupported Macs from running Mountain Lion:
- Although 32-bit EFIs were supported in early builds, Apple removed support for systems that have a 32-bit EFI during the development process and only 64-bit EFIs are supported in the final release.
- Even for Macs that have a 64-bit EFI, Apple does not provide drivers for Intel GMA 950 or X3100 graphics amongst several other graphics cards.
- The installer performs an identification check and refuses to install on an unsupported system.
Installing Mountain Lion on an unsupported Mac involves defeating these issues. Where there is a challenge, it is a safe bet that hardworking hackers will rise to the occasion.
However, please note that any attempt to install or use an unsupported operating system could wipe out all of your data and/or cause other software or hardware problems.
Do not attempt to install Mountain Lion on an unsupported Mac if it is 'mission critical' or data is important. Any hacks are performed at your own risk. Be absolutely sure to backup everything before proceeding with any experimental hacks (or before proceeding with any official operating system upgrades, for that matter).
Upgrades & Hack Options for the Original Mac Pro
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Most of the attention has focused on the original Mac Pro -- the Mac Pro 'Quad Core' 2.0 (Original), 'Quad Core' 2.66 (Original), 'Quad Core' 3.0 (Original), and 'Eight Core' 3.0 (2,1) -- as these models are quite powerful and can be substantially upgraded.
Although the process of installing Mountain Lion on these Macs is complex, and involves a hardware upgrade of the graphics card, a second hard drive, and an assortment of 'Hackintosh' tactics, the diligent hacker 'Jabbawok' prepared a straightforward tutorial (archive copy, original no longer online).
Software Hack Options for Other Intel Macs
The equally diligent hacker 'hackerwayne' has provided a detailed tutorial to install Mountain Lion on other unsupported Macs, including custom kexts (drivers) from hackers 'kylegray' and 'trunkz' for partial support of GMA 950 and X3100 graphics.
Should you be interested in installing Mountain Lion on any of the other unsupported Macs, be absolutely sure to pay close attention to the 'What works, what doesn't' section in the tutorial.
In particular, note that some systems have significant RAM capacity limitations that are not an issue running an earlier version of the operating system or have issues with sound and graphics, as is common for Hackintosh systems. It is very important to understand these limitations.
Mountain Lion Hacks Summary
Ultimately, it is quite possible to install OS X Mountain Lion on many Macs that Apple no longer supports, although as is often the case for 'hacks,' these systems may not be fully functional and many users with these older Macs likely would be better off sticking with Snow Leopard or Lion or alternately switching to Windows.
At least some of the Macs that are not supported running Mountain Lion likely could run the operating system without difficulty had Apple simply not removed support for 32-bit EFIs as well as written graphics drivers to support the hardware. In an odd twist of fate, Microsoft provides everything needed to natively run Windows 8 on these Macs.
It's certainly a strange world where Microsoft provides better support for older Macs than Apple does.
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