MP3 – Now We Are Ten!


On July 14th, the name “MP3? celebrates its tenth anniversary. On this day back in 1995, the researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS decided to use “.mp3? as the file name extension for their new audio coding technology. Soon MP3 became the generally accepted acronym for the ISO standard IS 11172-3 “MPEG Audio Layer 3.”
(Source: Data Compression News)

In 1995 I was a student at Derby Uni. I’d just done an essay about the growth of the internet and how, as more people got modems, more of everyday life would be mediated by the hydra-headed TCP/IP.

Ten years later…

Even non-geeks use the net (although they unfailingly think it’s only the web) and MP3 has become the new compact cassette. It’s been surpassed in terms of compression and, allegedly, audio quality but it’s the de-facto standard for music exchange and archival. I could use AAC to encode all my CDs but I stick to high-rate MP3 instead because I want the greatest compatibility. It’s the JPEG of music!

Ogg, AAC, Atrac, WMA and many other formats may come and go but I think MP3 will be around for a long time…