The MP3 format is officially dead according to its creators.
MP3 has officially run its course.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, a division of the state-funded German research institute responsible for the development of the MP3 format in the late 80’s has announces its “licensing program for certain MP3 related patents and software of Technicolor and Fraunhofer Institute has been terminated.”
The development of AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) files, also created by the Fraunhofer Institute, has become the favourable option amongst iTunes and others. AAC is more efficient than MP3 and offers better functionality.
Streaming services are gravitating towards “Master Quality Authenticated” files.
Emotion-draining File Format
Research conducted last year by the Audio Engineering Library found that low-quality compression files such as MP3s drain the emotion from your music.
The study compared compressed sounds over 10 emotional categories at several bit rates. MP3 compression increased neutral and negative emotional characters (shy, scary, sad) and weakened positive emotions (happy, romantic, and calm.)
The background ‘growl’ added by the compression is thought to be a contributing factor regarding this negative trend and they also found certain instruments such as the trumpet to be most affected and the horn least affected.
In other, more positive news regarding analog vs. digital, vinyl is making a serious global comeback, growing from strength to strength.
In December 2016 vinyl album sales even outweighed digital downloads and on Record Store Day a, staggering 547 000 albums were sold in one week.
David Bowie dominated UK Record Store Day Charts. The US reported Grateful Dead’s P.N.E Garden Auditorium, The Doors Live at the Matrix and The Black Angels’ Deathsong were the top 3.
As much as technology is accelerating some arts are just too good to be left behind.
Viva Vinyl and rest in peace, MP3. But where does this leave sites such as Beatport and Juno Download etc?