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July 14, 2005

Happy Birthday MP3

It was 10 years ago today that researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits in Germany decided to use ".mp3" as the file name extension for their new audio coding technology. The innovative compression technology applied scientific advances of various fields: mathematics, psychology, acoustics, human anatomy, etc. and yielded significant size reduction for storing and digitally distributing audio. I don't think the inventors could ever have envisioned what happened next, but soon "MP3" became the generally accepted acronym for the ISO standard IS 11172-3 "MPEG Audio Layer 3" and forever changed the history of recorded music. Since then, those three characters have become synonymous with "free music", and the format remains the most popular and most widely used digital audio format. When you stop to think about it, for an industry that seems to change overnight, maintaining a decade long global dominance is pretty darn impressive. Even though there have been several improvements in audio compression technology and codecs (including lossless formats, MP3 Plus and MP4) the MP3 format has proven its longevity and will provide cross format compatibility for years to come. Now that we're 10 years smarter, can we just make it smaller and sound better and have restrictions and be monetizable and...

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