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The MP3 Is Dead, Long Live The MP3

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Hypebot reports: “Here’s what happened: in late April (not sure why there was such a big delay in the explosion of blog posts) Fraunhofer IIS, the research company that holds the patents on MP3 encoders and decoders, announced that it had terminated the licensing program for those patents, for the stated reason that the format has been surpassed by alternatives like AAC. For some reason, a whole lot of media outlets have accepted this at face value and reported that the format is now officially on its way out.”

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