In the 90s and early 2000s, MP3 was born to rule the music world!
You probably still remember downloading MP3 files to build your music collection, and the first mix CDs with all your favs in one place burning up to 10 times as many of these onto audio discs than you could with traditional CD tracks.
The development of Mpeg Layer 3 started in the late 80s at Fraunhofer IIS (Founders of the format) and as of April 2017 Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits – the German agency that invented the audio format and licenses some patents for it – has officially terminated its licensing program.
So what does that mean for your thousands of MP3 you have collected over the years?!?! No, this doesn’t mean that MP3s stored on your hard drive will stop working, but don’t expect to see many new devices professing support for the format from here on out.
Why, you might ask
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.
MP3 will always hold a special place in my heart, but like all good things… As they end we must move on.
That won’t keep my from reminiscing about online adventures exploring music from all over the world!
I was able to discover artists I’d never heard of in my life, and develop an ear for music I never would have considered, growing my collection one by one and shared my favorites fellow music lovers.
It truly was the golden age of music for me.
If you are at all interested in this, there is so much info here! It is a great history lesson! https://www.mp3-history.com/