The Creators Of The MP3 Are Officially Retiring The Format

The Creators Of The MP3 Are Officially Retiring The Format

The creators of the MP3 have officially written off the format.

Apparently, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, a division of the state-funded German research institution that funded the MP3's development in the late '80s, has chose to no longer issue licenses for certain MP3-related patents and software of Technicolor and Fraunhofer IIS.

Ironically, Fraunhofer had by then already developed AAC - Advanced Audio Codec - which had much better quality and lower file sizes than mp3s.

A German Foundation, which owns the patent for MP3 audio format and licenses it, has announced that it's abandoning the licenses to the format.

Considered a game-changer 20 years ago, the development of the MP3 started in the late 1980s at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits.

Advanced Audio Coding is now the "de facto standard for music download and videos on mobile phones" said the institute.

Are you going to miss MP3 audio format?

Apple's iTunes store dominated that market, which funneled music into their answer to the MP3 player market, the iPod.

So is it the end of an era?

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

According to Grill, AAC is "more efficient than MP3 and offers a lot more functionality". They also contributed to its creation.

"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", Mr. Grill said. Aided by the increasing availability at the time of high-speed internet connections and the plummeting costs of data storage, the format gained popularity near the end of the 1990s as websites and file-sharing applications such as Napster enabled the wide-scale distribution of digital audio.

22 years later, the MP3 is obsolete. Researchers there and from the Fraunhofer Institute joined forces, and their result was the humble MP3 standard.

Clearly, nobody is still using the MP3 format, so the decision announced was mainly symbolic. It made downloading of audio files so much easier.