Once upon a time Vinyl reigned supreme in the music world. DJs worldwide had to carry around tons of records just to play a few hours. As nostalgic and original of a feeling it is to play a vinyl only set with times comes change. The introduction to MP3 revolutionized the way people worldwide listened to and held onto music. DJs no longer had to carry hundreds of pounds worth of vinyl, rather most DJs now carry hundreds if not thousands of songs in a USB that can fit in a pocket. Equipment for DJing changed and adapted to the convenience of having the ability to plus and play for hours. The main difference between Vinyl and MP3 is vinyl will never go out of style. It seems MP3 format is coming close to the end due to the ability to have music downloaded at a much higher digital quality.

A German research centre that helped create the mp3 has terminated its licensing programme for mp3-related patents.

The Fraunhofer Institute For Integrated Circuits’s move has prompted plenty of articles declaring the mp3 “dead,” though the format has long been outdated by more efficient codecs like AAC. The institute has published a statement saying it ended the program on April 23rd. “We thank all of our licensees for their great support in making mp3 the defacto audio codec in the world, during the past two decades,” they say.

The statement adds that despite the existence of “more efficient audio codecs with advanced features available” the mp3 remains “very popular among consumers.” It continues: “However, most state-of-the-art media services such as streaming or TV and radio broadcasting use modern ISO-MPEG codecs such as the AAC family or in the future MPEG-H. Those can deliver more features and a higher audio quality at much lower bitrates compared to mp3.”