16 May 2017

The MP3 format was originally created by German research organisation, the Fraunhofer Institute of Integrated Circuits, during the ’80s and ’90s with the initial intention of delivering music over telephone lines. More than 20 years after birthing the famous codec, the same institute has now declared MP3 obsolete, terminating its licensing program for certain MP3-related patents.

What’s the reason? The institute said there were “more effective audio codecs with advanced features available today”. MPEG-H is one such codec in the works, which is a new audio standard for more efficient storage and immersive 3D audio capability. For now, AAC is the main format for services like iTunes and YouTube files.

But the MP3 format won’t disappear overnight. It’s likely to still be a format of choice for all manner of audio file sharing, and those among us using iPods and MP3 players.

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