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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.

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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.

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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.

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Piracy is one of those topics that never goes away, although I've got to be honest and say that as a content creator, I'm not all for the entitled "I'll pay what I want" attitude anyway. Then again, there are counter-examples that just go way too far in the other direction.

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Remember when your orthodontist said you could get a flavored retainer and you were all Glitter? Pshh. I want my mouth gear watermelon-flavored or not at all! Well, prepare to feel like a dated, oldtimey loser: Aisen Chacin, a Design and Technology student at Parsons the New School for Design, has created a music-playing mouth piece that uses bone conduction to transmit sounds waves — painlessly — via vibration through your teeth!

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This week the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) released its annual wholesale figures, indicating how much money the music industry is turning over and where it comes from. Turns out the future isn't quite as filled with MP3 files as you'd think. Here are 10 notable lessons from the data.

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Epitonic was around in 1999, before the iPod even existed, serving up free MP3s. Then they had to close up shop in 2004. Now, after executing a successful Kickstarter campaign, they're back, offering free playlists and downloads from established, indie-leaning labels and artists. Who doesn't like free music?