Once upon a time, there was a demo-group called "Quantum", consisting mainly of Paul Wheatley, Stephen Harrison and a load of snazzy graphic designers and music writers. One of the first major contributions Quantum made to the Acorn scene was writing a small, freeware player module for Protracker files. This player was 100% accurate, and surpassed all other players in terms of speed and size (and price!). There was a rather mundane desktop interface that came along with "QTMTracker", this new player module, called "
!QTMTrack". QTMPlay started life as a replacement for
!QTMTrack, playing only protracker files. However, since then it has grown into one of the best multi-format music players available, with an unsurpassed modular system.
QTMPlay had a full, and very favourable, Acorn User review (see Public Domain, March 1996) thanks to Paul Wheatley (Cobra of Quantum). Due to this, QTMPlay became the standard Quantum music player (this was before it could play multi-format songs), and I (Chris Rutter) got accepted as a member of Quantum. Today, you'll find mentions of QTMPlay on Quantum's web site, in Acorn User (down on the iconbar of the screenshots in the Public Domain section ;-) and in many other places, including in "rival" programs' web sites, under lists of stolen features! (Yes, indeed, Mark Seaborn, author of Harmony admitted to have planned to incorporate QTMPlay's features into a future release of Harmony!)
Anyway, enough talking! Time to download QTMPlay and see for yourself.