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Is the MP3 format destined to Soon Become Obsolete?

Are MP3s defunct?
Are MP3s defunct?
April 23rd saw the well known Fraunhofer institute terminate the licensing of various mp3 related patents, leading to the supposed demise of MP3 formatting across the board. The institute, who assisted the development of the MP3 have acknowledged the relevance of MP3 in today's society but are similarly keen to point out the emergence of more comprehensive and efficient technologies such as ISO MPEGs. The introduction of such advanced codecs allows for a higher quality of audio file, improving the potential caliber of the music we both make and listen to.

Recently releasing a statement the institute outlined:

"Although there are more efficient audio codecs with advanced features available today, MP3 is still very popular among 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 bit-rates compared to MP3."

Whilst the MP3 maybe one of the worlds most familiar file formats, it still remains a relatively new innovation.

At the end of the 1970's the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg assembled a group of individuals who were intent on developing a brand new method of sending and receiving music signals via telephone connection.

By the end of the late 1980's what was once mere speculation was now fast becoming a reality. Based on the previous academic research conducted at the Erlangen-Nuremberg University, a team developed a codec more efficient and streamlined than ever before; allowing individuals to store and stream more media than previously imagined. In the years to follow, MP3 became one of the most recognisable file formats in both the public and professional sphere.Despite the recent proceedings and the termination of these various licensing programs, the MP3 format is still likely to retain its popularity for quite some time.

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By Josh Hummerston

Posted on 17 May 2017 12:40 to category : Music News

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