The MP3 audio file is set to be phased out. Finally, Fraunhofer just started giving away software consumers could use to rip songs from compact discs to MP3 files on their home computer, after which the format took off.
Audio players like Winamp became incredibly popular thanks to MP3 support and a superior front-end to what Microsoft offered at the time. More flexible and agile formats will be availed by the developers and makers from now onwards.
MP3 files shot to fame because they were easier to download, consuming less space on the bandwidth as well as your device's memory. Moreover, in certain parts of the world, MP3 is still the preferred sound format. Eventually, Napster ran into legal trouble, but the genie was already out of the bottle as other P2P apps cropped up over the years.
The beloved MP3 was introduced in the late 90's, and swiftly flooded the music market, effectively making CD's, cassette tapes, vinyl and any other physical form of music redundant.More news: Macron defeats Le Pen in French presidential election
It was Apple's iPod which transformed digital music players from a niche product used mostly by techies to a mainstream device when it launched in 2001.
That's right, the digital audio format most of us likely grew up to has finally been given the axe by its developer.
But in 2017, even Apple has had to change tactics as streaming has, as of 2015, overtaken digital downloads in terms of revenue according to the RIAA. It's not that people are ditching the use of MP3 and its popularity is decreasing, but its license is being terminated. Formats such as AAC (Advance Audio Coding) can store more information and deliver higher quality audio.
The mp3 has been declared dead, but don't worry - the gigabytes of music of dubious legality sitting on your hard drive will still work. Apple gave users the option of using AAC nearly from the start, and that format has proven the eventual successor. Now, anyone can use them, meaning the MP3 is more "alive" than ever before.