Switzerland -- January 16, 2002 -- MACAST 1.0.1 has been released and is available for download. MACAST 1.0.1 is a maintenance release that corrects numerous problems with streaming media. It is now compatible with servers using HTTP redirects such as live365.com, SHOUTcast, mp3.com and others. In addition, MACAST registration process no longer requires an active Internet connection. MACAST is a MacOS application designed to provide a fully-featured environment in which to enjoy many different sound formats, including MPEG Audio Layer II and III (known as .MP2 and .MP3), CD Audio, and more. MACAST's Visual and BLR Plugins add a colorful experience to the music, and its skins allow the user to customize their player anyway he/she likes. * Enjoy popular MP3 files as well as other music formats. * Play internet streaming audio, in the form of Shoutcast or Icecast. * Create playlists of your MP3 files, to organize your music collection. * Customize your entire player's appearance with skins * Experience visual effects based on the music, in the form of Visual Plugins and our NEW BLR plugs * Adjust the musical tone with our new 10-band equalizer. * Enjoy ID3 tag support, as well as tag editing capabilities from within the player, including lyrics support, through the Lyrics Tag. * Set MACAST to play and drift off to sleep. The Sleep timer will shut down the computer for you. * Create your own skins, with minimal programming knowledge needed * Create your own plugins to enjoy the music with our open plugin API This update is free to all registered MACAST users. A free 30 day trial version of MACAST 1.0.1 can be downloaded at: http://www.macast.com/download.shtml .