Mp3 is basically a household name when it comes to describing an audio file . The format , introduced in a time when music was still sold on CD's and played off on Discm(e)n has now apparently reached an end as Fraunhofer institute has discontinued the .Mp3 format in favor of the newer AAC (Advanced audio codec) which would give a higher lossless audio clarity unlike Mp3 which has suffered from bad audio compression during audio conversion . The institute however does state that the consumer end of the mp3 format will move on due to its popularity , but professionals and streaming services will move on to AAC and MPEG-H formats as the popularity of lossless internet streaming and quality of playback devices are on the rise.Fraunhofer has also terminated its licencing for the format for the first time since the format's inception in the 80's .
We thank all of our licensees for their great support in making mp3 the defacto audio codec in the world, during the past two decades.
The development of mp3 started in the late 80s at Fraunhofer IIS, based on previous development results at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg. 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.
For those who worry about their Mp3 players becoming obsolete , worry not , most modern music players already support AAC and other formats already , and since the licencing terms are now free , this could also mean that the "freedom" offered might inspire the popularity of Mp3's even more.But whatever it is , the legacy the .Mp3 format set will never be forgotten , it brought us success stories such as the iPod and eventually paved the way for music centric devices such as the N95 , Xpressmusic devices and the Moto Rokr and Itunes which eventually brought the iPhone to being .
Rest in peace .Mp3