If you grew up in the 90s and early 2000s, you probably still remember downloading MP3 files to build your music collection and burning up to 10 times as many of these onto audio discs than you could with traditional CD tracks. Then there were the MP3 players that gave an entire generation the power of music in their hands.
Undoubtedly, the music world changed drastically after the advent of MP3. Now after ruling the music world for almost two decades, the MP3 format is officially dead as its developer has decided to terminate the licensing program of the format.
Yes, you heard it right, MP3 is officially dead!
Many developers across the globe claim to have the patent regarding the license of the MP3 format but since 2005, Fraunhofer Institute has been licensing the format for those who want to sell decoders and encoders and it has also won the legal battles in this concern.
However, now the company has announced that it’ll be no longer be supporting the format. Wondering why? Because they believe that better ways to store music have appeared on the scene and MP3’s retirement should help those formats.
The creator of the legendary format, Fraunhofer IIS, has confirmed the sad news,
“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.“
Of course, most people and developers have already begun moving away from MP3 and it’s obvious to happen if a better technology is available in the market. The audio format which is replacing MP3 is co-developed by Fraunhofer Institute and is named AAC (Advanced Audio Coding).
At last, our childhood obsession is truly over. Life has come a full circle. It now rests in peace, after benchmark-setting success and proud decades in the running.
MP3 may be dead but it’s almost impossible for most of us to forget it as it had a huge impact on our lives. In 1993, almost 24 years back, it came into the market; nevertheless, it became popular by 1997 when Winamp audio player was released and MP3 was downloaded often by users from various websites, which was illegal though. It became more popular in 1999 when Napster was launched as it made downloading of large bundles of small audio files very easy.
Who can forget the iPods and iTunes from Apple, the base of which was the MP3 format, the same format which made it possible for Gaana and Spotify to stream songs.
For many music fans, myself included, the MP3 holds a deeper meaning than just a file format.
However, this move is symbolic and is in favor of superior audio formats. Still, MP3 music format is something we grew up with and it’ll find a place in history books.
RIP MP3! we will miss you forever!
What do you say about this? Are you going to miss MP3 audio format? Let us know your views in the comments section below.
Note: This doesn’t mean that MP3s stored on your hard drive will stop working but don’t expect to see any new devices professing support for the MP3 format from here on out.