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R.I.P., MP3: The Ubiquitous Digital Audio File Format Is Officially Dead, According To Its Creators

first_imgWhether or not you knew what they stood for, everyone who listened to music in the earliest days of the 21st century is familiar with the characters “MP3.” MP3 files were the new standard that began to make your CD collection obsolete. With the rise of iTunes (and illegal file sharing platforms like Napster and LimeWire), MP3 and Digital Rights Management became hot-button topics in the media, as the market for music shifted from the “physical” to the “digital.”While the MP3 held strong as the leading format (at least in terms of prevalence) for many years, as the music industry has moved away from downloads and toward streaming, the ubiquitous file format has become increasingly obsolete. This is in addition to the rise of high-fi streaming services like Tidal, which cater to listeners who desire the highest possible sounds quality (the MP3 coding format is notorious for degrading the audio quality of music files).Last week, the “death” of the MP3 was made official by The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, a division of the state-funded German research institution that bankrolled the MP3’s development in the late ’80s. The company recently announced that its “licensing program for certain MP3-related patents and software of Technicolor and Fraunhofer IIS has been terminated.”Bernhard Grill, director of that Fraunhofer division and one of the principals in the development of the MP3, told NPR over email that another audio format, AAC — or “Advanced Audio Coding,” which his organization also helped create — is now the “de facto standard for music download and videos on mobile phones.” He said AAC is “more efficient than MP3 and offers a lot more functionality.”Of course, referring to Mp3 as being “dead” is something of a misnomer. Just like when the CD was declared “dead” at the height of MP3 and digital audio downloads, virtually everyone out there still has a bunch of Mp3s on their computer that they listen to, and will continue to do so for some time. But with those who peddle the audio format closing the pipeline, this is the beginning of the “phasing out” of this era in music consumption.The MP3 may be “dead” but its effect on the digital landscape is profound. It enabled easier downloading of audio files during the broadband days of the internet and drove technical newcomers to join the cyber age. MP3 players exploded in popularity and led to the iPod and iTunes, which in turn fueled the mobile technology-oriented world we live in today.[h/t – NPR]last_img read more

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Aho leads Hurricanes to 3-2 win over Rangers in NHL’s return

first_img Associated Press Aho leads Hurricanes to 3-2 win over Rangers in NHL’s return Game 2 on Monday at noon EDT.___For more AP NHL coverage: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports And Aho, upon tipping in Andrei Svechnikov’s centering pass in front, immediately turned and skated toward his teammate to hug him in the right circle.The game presentation was Hurricanes-centric, with Carolina being the home team.A Hurricanes highlight video was played on the video scoreboard before the teams took the ice, and featured the tag line, “An enormous force of nature.” Carolina took the ice with the announcer saying: “Welcome to the ice, your Carolina Hurricanes.”Unlike a game in Raleigh, North Carolina, the U.S. anthem was sung first. Though the piped-in music during stoppage was notably loud, the sound of a muffled crowd could be heard during play — but not loud enough to drown out players and coaches, whose voices echoed through the building. Inside, the arena temperature was kept cold to preserve the consistency of the ice, with temperatures expected to reach the 80s. Otherwise, with no fans allowed and only a handful of reporters inside the building, there wasn’t the usual lines outside the bathrooms or at the concession stands.Outside the arena, Torontonians went mostly about their business, walking their dogs, making their way toward the nearby waterfront, or grocery shopping at a store across the street.NOTES: Hurricanes All-Star defenseman Dougie Hamilton did not play due to an undisclosed injury. Coach Rod Brind’Amour on Friday said Hamilton is getting better, and hopes he’ll play at some point this series. … D Sami Vatanen made his Hurricanes debut, a little over five months after being acquired in a trade with New Jersey on Feb. 24. He missed Carolina’s seven games with a lower-body injury sustained while still with New Jersey. … Lundqvist started his 128th consecutive playoff game with the Rangers, the third-longest streak behind New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, and Patrick Roy, while with Colorado.UP NEXT The game was played without fans, and the NHL’s first ever played in August as the league attempts to complete a coronavirus pandemic-altered season and in a bid to award the Stanley Cup in late September or early October. The Metropolitan Division rivals kicked off the expanded 24-team playoff format, which will feature as many as six games a day being played in the hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta.Petr Mrazek stopped 24 shots, and the sixth-seeded Hurricanes defeated the 11th-seeded Rangers for just the seventh time in 38 meetings going back to the 2010-11 season. The Hurricanes had also lost five straight to New York, including being swept in their four-game regular-season series.Mika Zibanejad tipped in Ryan Lindgren’s shot for a power-play goal in the second period, and set up Staal’s short-handed goal, which cut the Hurricanes lead to 3-2 with 1:55 remaining. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 shots for New York in starting for Igor Shesterkin, who was listed as unfit to play. For Lundqvist, it was just his sixth start since Jan. 2. August 1, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTORONTO (AP) — Sebastian Aho scored a goal and set up another in the Carolina Hurricanes’ 3-2 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday in the NHL’s opening playoff game following a 4 1/2-month pause.Jaccob Slavin scored 61 seconds in on Carolina’s first shot on goal in helping the Hurricanes gain the edge in the best-of-five preliminary round series. Game 2 is Monday. Martin Necas sealed the win in a game the Hurricanes never trailed by one-timing a shot in off the skate of Rangers defenseman Marc Staal with 9:09 remaining. Lundqvist had little chance on any of the goals, two of which were deflected in, and with Slavin opening the scoring while he was allowed to walk in alone down the left wing. Accepting Teuvo Teravainen’s pass, Slavin lifted a shot to beat Lundqvist on the short side.Though the Hurricanes scored on their initial shot on goal, the pace of the game was slow and at times sloppy.The Rangers finished with just four shots on net in the opening period, with their first not coming until 7:06 in, when Artemi Panarin got off a weak shot from a bad angle.The Hurricanes dominated much of the opening period, but showed their own rust. Forward Jordan Martinook whiffed on a centering pass from the left corner. And Warren Foegele misfired on a no-look drop pass to Jordan Staal on a two-on-one break.Social-distancing rules went out the window very early. New York’s Ryan Strome and Carolina’s Justin Williams got into a fight in front of the Rangers bench less than three minutes in during a game in which each team was penalized nine times.last_img read more

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Rooney must quit Man United NOW or could end up a bitter man – former Red Devil

first_imgWayne Rooney has been told he must leave Manchester United this summer by former Red Devils star Paul Parker.The United and England captain has struggled for game time under Jose Mourinho this season, making just 15 Premier League starts.He was left out of the starting line-up for Wednesday night’s Europa League final meeting with Ajax and came on for just in the final few minutes of the 2-0 win in Stockholm.United boss Mourinho insisted after the match that he would be ‘very happy’ if Rooney – the club’s all-time leading goalscorer – stayed on at the club next season.But, according to Parker, the 31-year-old has to quit Old Trafford.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the ex-England full-back said: “If he wants to play football regularly, then he has to leave.“It is not about what Manchester United want to do. The ball has to be in his court.“The way he is – he wants to play football – he has to move on. He can’t just sit around and watch.“It is a difficult place to be, Old Trafford, when you have been there and had the glory he has had. To sit on the sidelines and watch it go on around you, it might make him feel a little bit bitter if he puts himself in that position.”last_img read more

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