MP3, one of the most popular audio coding format, made the way for us to listen to music and it became the standard format that numerous device use to play music. Unfortunately, now, it’s dead. This week, the developer of the format officially announced that it has terminated their licensing program.
The announcement that the company will end their licensing program was accompanied by a statement that reads in part:
“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.”
I know, it’s a big deal. But think of it something like the transition from floppy drive to CD-Roms. There will be some struggles at the start, but it’s for the betterment of everyone. AAC or Advanced Audio Coding was developed in part by the same company and is considered as the next standard.
Remember the times when you used, Limewire and Frostwire to be your regular source of music? It’s illegal, but yeah, good times. Thank you MP3.