As part of the release of SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11, Novell made a significant effort to produce the best multimedia solution possible for its users while respecting all the licensing requirements of this complicated industry.
The superior quality of Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) audio became increasingly attractive as an alternative to current broad standards of lossy audio formats. Also, many devices recently had introduced support for AAC making it a versatile format for SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop to support.
Leveraging the Intel® Integrated Performance Primitives (Intel® IPP) to produce multicore-ready, highly optimized GStreamer encoder and decoder for AAC. In SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, these are exclusively used for licensing reasons with Banshee, that media player that you love.
The use of these encoder and decoder requires a license for the Intel® Integrated Performance Primitives (Intel® IPP) as well as a license the use of AAC. More information regarding licensing can be found on Intel and Via Licensing websites respectively.
You can find the source for this project here: <TODO - Add link>. The project is licensed under the terms of the MIT/X11 license.