Anyone (like me) who has an Olympus digital voice recorder knows what a pain in the butt can be to deal with the propriety .DSS format in which the older Olympus devices stored their files—especially since Olympus's updates could not keep pace with the evolution of the Mac OS X's more rapid development schedule.
With the special USB cable Olympus gave you, you could still move your .DSS files off of the recorder and onto your Mac, but the Mac could not play .DSS files, nor was there any audio converter software other than NCH's Switch available to convert .DSS into something useful, like .mp3, and even then, Switch could not convert the lower LP mode, or even some of the SP mode files.
Without the DSS Player to convert those .DSS files to .AIFF as the intermediary format, users were essentially stuck with a great piece of hardware but no software to work with it, unless you still kept your PowerPC alive.
Well, it turns out that Olympus actually did update DSS Player to a Mavericks-compatible version 7.5 this past December, although you had to damn lucky to accidentally come across a blog which mentioned it, while also adding that downloading of the upgrade was restricted to dealers and others who access to a private portal. Why Olympus would restrict access is beyond my imagination, unless their marketing department is run by a bunch of punitive monks, because people have been clamoring for such an upgrade and if you went through all of the software upgrades available for downloading for all of current models of digital voice recorders in the entire Olympus line—which I did—you still would not find a link allowing you download the new Mavericks-compatible version of DSS Player.
At least not at the American website.
For some reason though, if you Google correctly for it, you can find it on the Australian website at:
I suggest that MacUpdate grab it up and make it available for current owners of Olympus digital voice recorders to download. This is an upgraded, so only users who had obtained an installation disc of the original application (and upgraded it over the years to at least version 7) will be able to take advantage of the upgrade file. I did. It runs great.
Not that I'm going to get rid of my PowerMac, but it sure is nice to get unstuck. Now I can actually get more use out of my DS-2 recorder!