The Fraunhofer Institute for Intergrated Circuits who helped fund the mp3 format have said that its "licensing program for certain mp3 related patents and software of Technicolor and Fraunhofer IIS has been terminated'.

I remember back in 2007 when I bought my first MP3 player. It was so very small & could hold up to 1GB worth of music. Ok the quality of the music wasn't ever going to be the best but it was great because the device was so portable. It could hold over 100 songs.
As time moved on Apple had released the iPod, iPod nano, iPod touch & pod shuffle. Apple had their own music format  AAC or ALAC. This is better quality. Around 2009 (I think it was) I bought an iPod touch (32 GB). For me this was even better. The music quality was better & now I could hold up to over 1000 songs.

Today the AAC or ALAC seem still to be going strong. As well as AAC or ALAC you have also got FLAC, WAVE, AIFF (plus others) & the new format MQA.

Digital music seems to be the way we listen to a lot of our music these days. Recently Vinyl has made a comeback, which also looks like it is doing fairly well. CDs are still being sold, I don't think as many as they use to.

With more & more people downloading & streaming music. Digital music looks like it is here to stay.

Does this mean the end of the MP3? I don't think it will just disappear straight away. I think it will probably just fade out gradually. Newer formats will probably be introduced (That of better sounding audio).

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