The Creators Of The MP3 Are Officially Retiring The Format

Angelica Greene
May 15, 2017

In other words, they want the MP3 to retire and make way for other better formats of storing music that have appeared on the scene of late. He said AAC is "more efficient than MP3 and offers a lot more functionality".

The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits made the announcement on its website which to sum it up basically states that they will no longer be supporting the format. The Fraunhofer Institute that funded the development of the audio format has recently announced that they are putting an end to the licensing program for MP3, meaning that this is the official end of the MP3. It was a popular choice for consumers to easily download light weight music files but now more sophisticated audio coding formats are prevalent. In its stead, the institute is pushing forward AAC, which it also helped developed, as the next de facto standard for the digital music industry. However, with the retirement of MP3, it will now allow developers to concentrate on MP3's successor - AAC - and upgrade the level of audio quality to the next level.

Apparently, the engineers that developed the famous MP3 worked with incomplete information about the way the human brain processes sonic information.

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It took a few years for mp3 to become the default audio standard on the internet, which arguably came with the popularity of illegal downloading site Napster in 1999. However, this move is symbolic and is in favor of superior audio formats.

If you were born in the world of smartphones or belong to the internet generation, you must be familiar with the term - MP3. "Those can deliver more features and a higher audio quality at much lower bitrates compared to MP3". However, people can not forget the great impact the MP3 had.

In theory, the codec achieved much of its data size reductions by cutting out hidden background noises that are supposedly inaudible to the human ear - but while psychoacoustics has progressed in the past two to three decades, the pioneering MP3 format has not.

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