Written by Eli Sulaiman
“.mp3” –the audio format that revolutionized the music industry in the 90’s as we entered the digital age is coming to an end. But don’t worry, you can still burn your CD’s and make mixes for that special someone. That cheesy tradition lives on.
A German state-funded research institute called Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits were the ones who funded MP3’s development into the 80’s and they have recently decided to discontinue the issuing of licenses for the file format.
Fraunhofer director, Bernhard Grill, stated that formats like Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) are now the standard for music and videos on mobile phones. AAC offers a lot more functionality than the MP3 and for higher quality at lower bitrates.
So don’t get me wrong. MP3 will not cease to exist completely, but we will be moving on to better formats that provide higher quality audio. Apps like Spotify and Apple Music use formats such as Ogg Vorbis Format (OGG) and AAC respectively.
Who knows. Maybe the hipsters will start listening to music in MP3 formats in a few decades.