(Mirror Daily, United States) – Many music streaming services have decided to give up on the classic MP3 format and switch to the more advanced AAC, which offers a better sound quality. This prompted the creators of the format, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, to stop offering license to certain patents for the format, marking the beginning of its end.
What is AAC?
The institute declared that they noticed how AAC, which stands for Advanced Audio Coding, had become the standard format of download on mobile phones, replacing the other classic. This would explain their move, but the AAC format is not as new as many think. It exists for around 20 years, but it has always been regarded as merely an alternative to the other popular format.
Indeed, AAC offers a better sound quality than MP3 by using almost the same bitrate. Therefore, most mobile manufacturing companies embraced the format, and provided their devices with AAC sound files. Besides, many other companies made the same choice, including YouTube.
This switch marks the end of the MP3 era
However, MP3 will not disappear immediately. Fraunhofer might have stopped offering license for it, but the format will not go away so easily. This marks only the beginning of the slow transition from MP3 to AAC. Moreover, in certain parts of the world, MP3 is still the preferred sound format. Therefore, these regions might take more time until they switch completely to AAC.
This might come as a bit of a shock for many people, as MP3 played a huge role in the development of music streaming. However, it came with disadvantages, too. This format was the main trigger of music piracy in the 1990s, which had a great impact on the music industry. However, certain companies grasped that, and offered the alternative of switching to AAC, even when it wasn’t that popular.
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