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mp3 is "dead" - long live mp3!
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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 5:09 am    Post subject: mp3 is "dead" - long live mp3! Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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Symbolically at least, the MP3 is now officially dead, after the German research institution that helped to develop the famous (and equally infamous) standard announced that all licensing for the file format had been terminated.



https://www.sciencealert.com/the-mp3-is-officially-dead-after-its-creators-abandoned-it

https://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/en/ff/amm/prod/audiocodec/audiocodecs/mp3.html

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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 7:32 am    Post subject: Re: mp3 is "dead" - long live mp3! Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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Symbolically at least, the MP3 is now officially dead, after the German research institution that helped to develop the famous (and equally infamous) standard announced that all licensing for the file format had been terminated.

https://www.sciencealert.com/the-mp3-is-officially-dead-after-its-creators-abandoned-it

https://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/en/ff/amm/prod/audiocodec/audiocodecs/mp3.html

"Terminated" could mean different things--looks like we will have to read all the details to find out (1) if they are revoking all licenses or (2) if they are basically allowing it to fall into public domain. If they are revoking all licenses, I suppose that anyone who created or even has mp3 files are in violation of revoked licenses (not sure if they can do that legally, though). This might mean that DRM might cause MP3 players to fail. Sad

However, if they are just basically saying they will no longer going to license the process/format, we don't have to rush to preserve our files before they no longer work.

Thanks for posting the links; they are now on my reading list!

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While any MP3s in your possession will still play fine on any devices that support the audio format – no matter how you acquired them – it signals the end of the road for the ubiquitous music file, which will no longer be officially supported.

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Now that MP3 is free of any licensing prohibitions that limit how the codec can be distributed, programmers who were previously barred from legally including MP3 support with their products are now starting to bundle the format – meaning MP3 might not be quite dead after all.
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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Converting files from mp3 to any other compressed format would create additional artifacts. It's like making a tape of a tape, if anyone can remember that.
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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Given how MP3 is a defacto standard by now, this is probably just going to throw the floodgates open. APE, FLAC, Apple's various codecs, Ogg Vorbis... but people still use and talk about MP3's.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

It will stay relevant. It's JPEG for audio. AAC is better for audio-video.
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