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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Video: Improv Everywhere is a guerrilla prank group who's various missions have included planning a massive Best Buy infiltration and turning a busy train station into an underground spa. For its latest social experiment, the team gave 2000 people instructions via headphones, severely confusing local residents.
As music bargain hunters know, iTunes is not the only game in town. Today (January 8) until midnight, use the discount code BPM2013 at Big Pond Music for 20 per cent off any album. Tuneful!
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!
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.
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?
Digital versus analogue is a bitter war with no winner and shouldn't be fought in the first place. Listen to your music how you please. But the C60 project aims to please both sides - physical cards trigger digital songs.
Music services embedding personal info into the songs you buy as sekret DRM isn't new. But it could take on a whole new level of relevance once cloud-based music streaming services from Apple or Amazon or Google finally launch.
I'm not sure what kind of sound these MP3 player speaker cans put out, but I'm sure they are just as edible as some other stuff people have put in cans.
The Korean Mint Pass is doing some pretty neat things in the MP3 player world, with this Robot Music Tank player/speaker concept tracking humans with its pyroelectric sensor, locking onto their thermal temperature and rolling after them, gleefully playing music.