What to Do With Your Whole Home Audio System Post-MP3
The MP3 File Is Dead, How Should You Handle It?
Have you heard the big news? The MP3 is officially an outdated format. The compressed music file that revolutionized the industry is no more. But now that MP3s are no more, what does that mean for the whole home audio system installed in your Bloomington, IL residence? It’s one of the most common questions homeowners are asking. That’s why we’ve put together this blog, to give you the answers you’ll need for the future of your home audio system. Read on for more.
What happened to the MP3?
In a statement released on April 23, 2017 on their website, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, the patent-holders for the MP3 audio codec, announced that they would no longer continue their licensing program for certain related patents and software necessary for listening to the format. The statement goes on to say: The development of mp3 started in the late 80s at Fraunhofer IIS, based on previous development results at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg. Although there are more efficient audio codecs with advanced features available today, mp3 is still very popular amongst consumers. However, most state-of-the-art media services such as streaming or TV and radio broadcasting use modern ISO-MPEG codecs such as the AAC family or in the future MPEG-H. Those can deliver more features and a higher audio quality at much lower bitrates compared to mp3. Essentially, this means that they will no longer allow manufacturers to use the technology in future versions of their products because there are better formats available.
So can I still play MP3s on my system?
Any MP3 file that you already own can playback on your current audio system (provided you have an MP3 player.) The news simply means that moving forward, no new devices will feature MP3 playability. However, if you have a large collection of stored files, you can still enjoy them at your leisure.
If there are no MP3s, how do I get music in the future?
What may come as a bit of a culture shock for some long-time audiophiles: people simply don’t buy much music anymore. In fact, most listeners turn to high-quality streaming services like Tidal and Spotify to listen to a virtually endless collection of songs. The industry has taken notice, and streaming services have helped it grow by 11 percent in 2016.
What does this mean for my whole home audio system?
If you’ve had your whole home audio system installed within the past five or so years, you probably don’t need to worry about this MP3 news. Older systems, however, may be due for an upgrade. If your audio system doesn’t connect to the internet, or your network doesn’t have the bandwidth for supporting high-quality music formats, you may consider an upgrade sometime soon. If you’re in the market for an upgrade, Liaison Homes can help! Contact us today for more information!