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Two years ago MP3 was just another audio compression format Today its a Net phenomenon thats at the center of an enormous controversy Thats because MP3 makes it possible for people with an Internet connection to bypass record stores and cashiers and download CD-quality music by their favorite artists--for free MP3 is great formusic lovers and cheapskates who can download funky tunes to their hearts content without spending a dime however its a nightmare for musicians and record companies who can only watch helplessly as their profits drop into a digital black hole MP3 is short for MPEG-1 Layer 3 Moving Pictures Expert Group a format for storing digital audio It uses an advanced type of audio compression which reduces the filesize with little reduction in quality MP3 is used particularly for music distribution over the Internet but is also use for other purposes such as real-time digital audio transmissions over ISDN used by reporters MPEG-1 has been around since 1992 but during he last few years 199899 it has started to get widespread attention from regular media and ordinary users An MP3 file or simply an MP3 is a file that contains MP3-compressed sound data It is played using an MP3 player You can recognize MP3 files by their file-extension the end of the filename which is mp3 MP3 was invented by Fraunhofer IIS leading organization of applied research in Germany In a joint cooperation with the University of Erlangen Prof Dieter Seitzer under the sponsorship of the Motion Picture Experts Group MPEG and formalized by the International Organization for Standardization ISO The original 50 MB wave file about 5 minutes of CD quality audio MP3-compressed will end up as an MP3 file using only about 5 megabytes of space with little or no audible loss in quality The size depends on the length of the song and the bitrate quality The data is automatically decompressed while the MP3
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