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    In Memoriam: The MP3, 1995-2017

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      In Memoriam: The MP3, 1995-2017

      In Memoriam: The MP3, 1995-2017 - Newsy Story
      It's the end of an era: The MP3 is effectively done.

      That's according to the company that developed the audio medium. It recently announced the termination of its licensing program for MP3 patents and software.

      The once-controversial audio format ushered the music industry into the digital age.

      SEE MORE: Why People Are Actually Paying For Music Again


      MP3 made it easy to share music digitally, which usurped record companies and led to widespread piracy. Some companies like Apple were able to succeed.

      It also innovated the way people listened to music by making it possible to download and store thousands of songs on portable devices much smaller than CD players.

      MP3's successor, Advanced Audio Coding also known as AAC is the new de facto audio format that's already used by many streaming services.
      https://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/en/ff/...odecs/mp3.html
      On April 23, 2017, Technicolor's mp3 licensing program for certain mp3 related patents and software of Technicolor and Fraunhofer IIS has been terminated.

      We thank all of our licensees for their great support in making mp3 the defacto audio codec in the world, during the past two decades.

      The development of mp3 started in the late 80s at Fraunhofer IIS, based on previous development results at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg. Although there are more efficient audio codecs with advanced features available today, mp3 is still very popular amongst consumers. However, most state-of-the-art media services such as streaming or TV and radio broadcasting use modern ISO-MPEG codecs such as the AAC family or in the future MPEG-H. Those can deliver more features and a higher audio quality at much lower bitrates compared to mp3.

      For more information about mp3s successful history, please visit http://www.mp3-history.com/.


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      Re: In Memoriam: The MP3, 1995-2017

      Mp3 may not be the codec of choice for audio streaming but BBC IPlayer radio podcasts are still using the format along with many other providers. I see no reason for mp3's days being numbered.

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      Re: In Memoriam: The MP3, 1995-2017

      To be fair I would hope that MP3 will be around for a lot longer.

      Sure it's not the best compression system available today, but too many devices & programs support it and often they don't support other formats as well as they do MP3.

      I guess in a few years when those new things we purchase no longer support MP3 we'll either be converting our music to the new format of choice or sticking with the older format.

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