November 12, 2004

The True Story of Audion

mijkal writes “Panic’s Audion music software has been retired and made freely available. The developer has a nice write up on his experiences with Audion in relation to early-MP3 days, failed AOL deals, and the could-have-been iTunes app. It’s an inspiring read on the history of a shareware developer and his adventures thus far.” (Excerpt:)
When we created Audion, our Mac-only, multipurpose MP3 application, Steven Frank and I had one goal: we wanted to listen to our music CDs on our computers while we worked, and we wanted to it be stylish. We had no indication that MP3s would one day turn the music industry upside down and have it running for cover. We certainly had no idea that something like the iPod would pop up and literally change Apple as a company. And even though we weren’t really responsible for any revolutions per se rather, we rode on the revolution-train with many others everything that happened to Audion just fell into place, magically and unexpectedly, like so many beautiful moments in life.