Goodbye MP3, Fraunhofer Institute replaced it with AAC

Tinuku ~ Digital audio files have filled the history of digital life with the name 'MP3' will soon disappear in the market. The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits as the creator of the file format has announced it will stop licensing the use of MP3 audio file formats.

Tinuku Goodbye MP3, Fraunhofer Institute replaced it with AAC

The director of the German-based Fraunhofer Institute said the MP3 has now been replaced with a better file format type is AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) as became the standard file type more widely used to download video and music mainly through mobile phones.

"AAC files are more efficient and have better functionality, especially broadcast streaming radio and TV, providing better audio quality than MP3s," Fraunhofer Institute said in an official statement.

The development of streaming music sites like Spotify allows users to have unlimited access to listen to music they like. Music listeners no longer care how music is encoded, they only pay monthly subscription fees and stream music as they please.

Although the file format will be discontinued, Fraunhofer says the policy will not have much effect on consumers and music lovers. Old MP3 files will not suddenly stop functioning, MP3 format keeps working as long as the gadget or application of the user still supports that file type.

Early research of the MP3 audio file format began in Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg around the late 1980s. Researchers at the institute work together with the Fraunhofer Institute which then uses an audio file type called MP3.

Fraunhofer in 1994 began to distribute MP3 software to the public to transfer songs from compact discs (CDs) to MP3 files on the computer. It took several years until finally MP3 became the default audio standard used on the internet. Duran Duran became the first band to use the MP3 file type.

iTunes has since been launched using AAC file types, while Spotify music streaming sites use the OGG file type. Sites with high file resolution such as Tidal use FLAC format that has a size larger than MP3.