Developer Of The MP3 Has Terminated Its Licensing Program
- The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, part of the German research body which funded the technology, has terminated its licensing program for certain MP3-related patents after almost two decades.
MP3 is still popular codec for consumers, who will continue to be able to listen to MP3 files.But more efficient audio codecs, the likes of AAC and MPEG-H, advanced features available.
The institute said;
"Although there are more efficient audio codecs with advanced features available today, mp3 is still very popular amongst 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 bitrates compared to mp3."
Fraunhofer IIS helped create the more advanced AAC files, which are now predominantly used by iTunes, YouTube, Nintento, Nokia and other music audio systems.
The successor of the MP3 format, AAC is seen as providing improved sound quality within the same processing time.
The MP3 credited with revolutionizing the way we listen to music by reducing file sizes by as much as 95 percent, allowing music listeners to fit dozens of albums on compact digital devices.
- source : Gizmodo