Is The MP3 Format A Thing Of The Past?

The MP3 is dead according to its creators. The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, the division that funded the MP3 in the late 1980s announced that its “licensing program for certain MP3 related patents and software of Technicolor and Fraunhofer IIS has been terminated,” reports NPR.

22 years later the MP3 is obsolete. Fraunhofer director Bernhard Grill tells NPR that audio format AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) which they also helped created is now the “de facto standard for music download and videos on mobile phones.

The report also says new formats actually offer a much better listening experience whereas the MP3 was “working with incomplete information about how our brains process sonic information.”

“The engineers who developed the MP3 were working with incomplete information about how our brains process sonic information, and so the MP3 itself was working on false assumptions about how holistically we hear. As psychoacoustic research has evolved, so has the technology that we use to listen. New audio formats and products, with richer information and that better address mobile music streaming, are arriving,” writes the NPR.


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