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Mp3 Format Is Dead – Long Live Mp3s!

According to Gizmodo –

MP3, the digital audio coding format, changed the way we listen to music and drove the adoption of countless new devices over the last couple of decades. And now, it’s dead. The developer of the format announced this week that it has officially terminated its licensing program.

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Kids Prefer Crappy Music

Gizmodo reportsbadmusic1

Each year, Stanford Professor of Music Jonathan Berger does an informal test of his students by playing a bunch of different music in a bunch of different formats. Students were asked to judge the quality of a variety of compression methods randomly mixed with uncompressed 44.1 KHz audio. To my surprise, in the rock examples the MP3 at 128 was preferred. I repeated the experiment over 6 years and found the preference for MP3 – particularly in music with high energy (cymbal crashes, brass hits, etc) rising over time. In other words, younger people haven’t just grown more tolerant of thin, soulless MP3 renditions of their favorite music, they actually like them. People aren’t just ignorant of high quality audio, they actually hate it.


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