The MP3 is officially dead according to its creators.

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Classicrock, May 13, 2017.

  1. ukrules

    ukrules Professional Appreciator

    Union, Kentucky
    Good to know...I will go delete all my MP3 files now...wait, I don't have any! :righton:
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  2. For the Record

    For the Record Forum Resident

    Ontario Canada
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  3. melstapler

    melstapler Reissue Activist

  4. Gaslight

    Gaslight Q8 Listener

    Northeast USA
    They'll just redirect their hatred to AAC instead.
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  5. Ron Scubadiver

    Ron Scubadiver Forum Resident

    Houston TX
    MP3 isn't dead, it's free.
  6. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    Exactly right. This will help electronic companies save their money on licensing, Linux distros will include it as a standard and all freeware audio programs including Audacity, Foobar2000, EAC, etc. can include it without having to manually add MP3 support.
    Last edited: May 16, 2017
  7. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

  8. goodiesguy

    goodiesguy Real Wild Child

    New Zealand
    MP3 is a crap format though, and considering that with Android devices you can put more storage in them (my phone has 32GB, plus my 8GB iPod), there's better options out that that sound better if you want Lossy to save on file space.
  9. Solitaire1

    Solitaire1 Carpenters Fan

    What's wrong with PDF files?
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  10. darkmass

    darkmass Forum Resident

    I bet you can find some eBay buyers. :D
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  11. Sid Hartha

    Sid Hartha Well-Known Member

    The Midwest
    Compression. Can't you tell?
  12. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    One can compress PDF files even further in quality to make a smaller PDF with software, especially useful for overtly large PDFs.
  13. andrewskyDE

    andrewskyDE Island Owner

    Zack Island
    Rest in pieces in peace?
  14. Rick Bartlett

    Rick Bartlett Forum Resident

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  15. Grant

    Grant A 60s, 70s & 90s Lovin' Musical Free-Spirit

    I may be an outlier, but I still don't think AAC lossy at a comparable bit rate to an mp3 sounds superior. I will continue to use LAME encoded mp3. And, they must mean it's dead to them because the licensing ran out, meaning that they can't charge for the use of the technology or name. AAC is preferable to them because the licensing hasn't run out, and it can be copy-protected.
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  16. Grant

    Grant A 60s, 70s & 90s Lovin' Musical Free-Spirit

    I think the CD patents already expired a few years ago. It's why you no longer have to use the Compact Disc logo.
  17. Grant

    Grant A 60s, 70s & 90s Lovin' Musical Free-Spirit

    If you're talking about FLAC, I just use Foobar for Android. Works great!
  18. Grant

    Grant A 60s, 70s & 90s Lovin' Musical Free-Spirit

    Always remember that just because you can't hear a difference doesn't mean no one else can, because many of us can, including me.
  19. medium Rob

    medium Rob Forum Resident

    East Virginia
    just wanted to chime in.. while i use the format mp3, it must be known that i prefer to listen to higher resolution (lossless formats) files, primarily. just a heads-up, for the proverbial record. the mp3 is serviceable at best, and you wouldn't catch me listening to them at home.
  20. tmsorosk

    tmsorosk MORE MUSIC PLEASE

    Sprucegrove Canada
    I still feel MP3 by way of my I-pod classic is great. The pod cost almost nothing, the music on it was free and the sound quality once run into a good DAC is decent. It's the biggest music bargain i've experienced.
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  21. Electric Warrior

    Electric Warrior Forum Resident

    Pdf can use zip compression or no compression at all. It all depends on the settings. If the document contains only vector graphics, jpg compression shouldn't do anything in a pdf.
  22. TarnishedEars

    TarnishedEars Forum Resident

    Seattle, WA
    Correct. And this means more money for the sellers who keep MP3s going, not less. So I think that this only means that MP3 is dead revenue stream for the creators, but it is not dead for everybody else.
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  23. Solitaire1

    Solitaire1 Carpenters Fan

    I've used PDFs for years (generating them with and have never used compression. One thing that I like about PDF over other ebook formats is that what I intend is what I get (no formatting surprises in my final ebooks).
  24. Greg Arkadin

    Greg Arkadin Forum Resident

    Well, I'll try to always remember that, but I don't know what that has to do with my personal listening experience.
  25. Grant

    Grant A 60s, 70s & 90s Lovin' Musical Free-Spirit

    You said that you doubt that anyone else could hear a difference. I'm just saying to you that many people can. If no one could, there would be no push for lossless.
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