1.2 23 May 2003

High quality, skinnable digital audio player.


Developer website: Stephane Thiell

Whamb is a skinnable digital audio player for Mac OS X. For now, it supports Audio CDs, MP3 and Ogg Vorbis files and Internet streams. Share now your music on your local area network! Whamb is the first to use Rendezvous technology to offer you a easy way to share your playlists and songs, without any configuration required. Indeed, Rendezvous's advantage is to be "zeroconf".

The first idea behind Whamb was first to build a light and fast MP3/OGG player for Mac OS X only. After the loss of some cool players running on Mac OS 9.x, you, user, didn't have a lot of choice on OS X. Whamb isn't ported from Classic/OS 9, it is build for Mac OS X and can't run on Classic. Whamb takes part of the new Mac OS X technologies like CoreAudio, CoreGraphics ("Quartz"), Mach threads, and a few optimizations for G4 (Altivec).

Whamb first accepts MP3 files and net streams. But we want to introduce you to a new audio format named Ogg Vorbis. Definitively better than MP3's, we think that Ogg Vorbis files (.ogg) could become a new standard in the future (quality is about the same as AAC files, but it's absolutely free). Feel free to visit the Ogg Vorbis Web site for more info on that great audio format.

What's New

Version 1.2 adds the following:
  • MP3 and OGG stream ripping feature. Tagging and auto track cuts are supported
  • Ogg Vorbis streaming support (Icecast), with format auto detection system
  • Better skinnable player window behaviour (click-through and floating window easy-switch)
  • New tiny skin named Leaf
  • Several skins now have a nice network's buffers gauge when streaming audio
  • Lots of bugs fixed (stream's connection problems don't block Whamb, removed MP3's "rough click" which happened sometimes, better seeker, low bitrates MP3 and Ogg tracks now properly supported)
  • You can now choose and fix the server port used by the Rendezvous sharing feature
  • Started optimization for the PowerPC 970
  • now it's Freeware/Donationware


Mac OS X 10.2 or later


Current Version (1.x)


Version Downloads
Multimedia Design / MP3
23 May 2003
OS X / PPC 32