Despite the MP3 inventors seem to abandon the format, the experts of the industry say there is some life in it. The tech industry says the licensing program for MP3s has lapsed, but it does not mean the format is completely dead now.
Industry research body Fraunhofer IIS, initiated in the late ’80s developing the MP3 format, he said and it the “licensing program for certain mp3 related patents and software” came to an end as of April 23, 2016.
There are several sites surmised that shows MP3 is dead as a format, but the industry is really optimistic. Even, the director of operations of online CD-ripping service Murfie, Nate Suo, said it was hard to believe the MP3 licensing has come to an end and to have on his business any effect.
“We will use MP3s as we did in the past, and that the expiring license is not going to directly affect usage or the ability to transcode to the MP3 format,” said Suo.
Meanwhile, at Mac Observer, Jeff Gamet, argues that MP3 follows the GIF example. The GIF patent expired and it is more than 10 years, he says, but the format is widespread than ever. Now, can MP3 follow this example and recapture the early 2000s glory days?
Fraunhofer says the MP3 is “very popular amongst consumers” though the other codecs offer better features and efficiency, including MPEG-H which the company is working on.
MP3 is dominant as a download format for streaming. Instead, services such as Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal use formats that are less-well-known such as OGG, AAC and FLAC respectively.