Developers of the MP3 Have Officially Killed It

MP3, the digital audio coding format, changed the way we listen to music and drove the adoption of countless new devices over the last couple of decades. And now, it’s dead. The developer of the format announced this week that it has officially terminated its licensing program. Read More >>

Early Spotify Was Built on Pirated MP3 Files, New Book Claims

Spotify has been the biggest music streaming service to find a business model that users can accept, and music labels can endure. In its early days, the company positioned itself as “a viable alternative to music piracy.” But allegedly, the company’s beta was filled with pirated MP3 files. Read More >>

What is Zune? Remembering Microsoft’s Forgotten iPod Competitor

It’s November 2006. George W Bush is President of America, Richard Hammond is recovering from crashing his rocket car, and Apple’s iPod is reigning supreme, having sent shockwaves through the music industry. Read More >>

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The Century-Old Machine That Gave Us MP3s and JPEGs

Back in 1894, Olaus Henrici invented a machine called the Harmonic Analyser. Way ahead of its time, it could pick out all the individual frequencies that make up complex sound waves—a technique we now rely on for everything from compressed audio to digital images. Read More >>

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This MP3 Experiment Shows What 2,000 Smartphone Speakers Sound Like

Improv Everywhere is an NYC-based guerrilla prank group who's various missions have included planning a massive Best Buy infiltration and turning a busy New York subway stop into an underground spa. For their latest social experiment, the team gave 2,000 people instructions via headphones, severely confusing local residents. Read More >>

Would You Resell Your Ebooks and MP3s if You Could?

The MPAA doesn't want you to resell the movies you buy on iTunes and other services. The US House of Representatives' Committee on the Judiciary's Subcommittee Intellectual Properly and the Internet hearing is now discussing if they are right or wrong —but does it matter? Would you resell your digital goods online if you could? Read More >>

Wave Goodbye to 99p Downloads as UK Digital Sales Tax Loophole is Closed

Picking up a new eBook or MP3 may be about to get a fair whack more expensive, as Chancellor George Osbourne has moved in his latest budget to close a tax loophole that was allowing digital retailers to pay low foreign VAT rates on eBook, MP3 and app sales. Read More >>

23 Per Cent of Americans Think MP3 is a Robot From Star Wars

A survey of some non-nerdy Americans threw up some baffling holes in the knowledge of the nation, with 11 per cent of people asked thinking "HTML" is a form of sexually-transmitted disease and 12 per cent thinking "USB" is the acronym of a European country. You'd never get answers that stupid in the United States of Britain. Read More >>

Gamers Create Storm Over PS4’s Lack of MP3 Streaming Abilities

Sony published a comprehensive FAQ regarding the PlayStation 4's features yesterday, filling in a few gaps in our knowledge about what the forthcoming console can and can't do. Obviously, the internet being the internet, everyone focused on one small thing and blew it out of all proportion -- PS4 can't play MP3s over your home network. Read More >>

Listen To Music Through Your Cheekbones While You Swim Lengths

It's hard to listen to music while you're swimming because even waterproof earbuds that actually stay on try to conduct sound through air to reach your eardrums, and there's not a lot of air underwater. The FINIS Neptune works on this issue by sending sound waves straight into your face. Read More >>

Sony MDR-XB910 Headphones Target “Extreme Sub-Bass” Demographic

Sony's targeting the WUB-WUB youth with its latest set of headphones, which offer bass-heavy sound coupled and a premium, aluminium design. And a flat cable to make the depressing chore of untangling a thing of the past. Read More >>

Amazon to Provide CD Buyers With Cloud-Based MP3s For Free (Confirmed)

CNET is reporting that Amazon is planning to launch a reward scheme for CD buyers. When they purchase music in its physical form, they'll also receive a digital copy, which they'll be able to listen to via Amazon's cloud music service. Read More >>

Sony’s One-Piece Waterproof Walkman: 1 Hour’s Playback From 3 Minutes Charging

If workouts take you from pounding the pavement to plunging into the pool with little time to spare between, Sony's new one-piece Walkman might be of some interest to you. Read More >>

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Scare Trick-or-Treaters Senseless With a Shrieking MP3 Doorbell

Your front lawn is full of gravestones, skeletons hang from the trees, and a haze of cobwebs coats your porch. Yup, you've gone all out this Halloween to make your house the spookiest on the block. Read More >>

A Load of Great Albums For Just 99p a Download Is Your Instant-Music-Library-Refresh Deal of the Day

Okay, so Amazon have launched a new thing and they're calling it Cloud Player. It sucks your music from your hard drive and hurls it up into a cloud so that you can have it rain on you wherever you are. Or something like that. Read More >>