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Original author(s)Norman Franke
Initial release1993; 27 years ago (1993)
Stable release
2.7.3 / November 13, 2000; 19 years ago (2000-11-13)
Operating systemSystem 7, Mac OS 8, Mac OS 9
PlatformPowerPC and 68k
Available inEnglish, with ports to Japanese, French, Dutch, Italian and German
TypeAudio player and converter

SoundApp is a freeware audio player for the Classic Mac OS. It was among the earliest MP3 players for the Classic Mac OS, and was widely praised for its ability to play back, and convert between, a variety of audio file formats.[1][2]

The program appears to have been abandoned by its creator, Norman Franke, after the release of SoundApp 2.7.3. Franke's reasons for abandoning the project have never been made public, and SoundApp has never been ported to Mac OS X.

Another developer, Joachim Bengtsson / Third Cog Software, has begun a version for Mac OS X, "SoundApp Reborn", but this project does not use any of Franke's original code.[3] As of 2017, SoundApp Reborn is at version 0.1.1 and supports audio playback but not conversion and does not incorporate all of SoundApp's features.[3]


Audio formats[edit]


  1. ^ Engst, Adam C. (1995). Internet Starter Kit for the Macintosh (3rd ed.). Hayden Books. p. 480-481. ISBN 9781568301976.
  2. ^ Braun, John F. (November 2, 1998). "Monday's Mac Gadget - SoundApp". The Mac Observer. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Joachim Bengtsson / Third Cog Software. "Third Cog Software - Soundapp". Retrieved August 29, 2017.

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