An Anonymous Coward writes:
MP3 decoding was already free and got recently included in Fedora. But now, encoding is also free according to Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS: "On April 23, 2017, Technicolor's mp3 licensing program for certain mp3 related patents and software of Technicolor and Fraunhofer IIS has been terminated." The Wikipedia MP3 article confirms that.
So, do you still use an MP3 library or have you switched to another format or means of listening to music such as (spying built-in) streaming services?
sometime around college I realized it was becoming easier to buy the stuff legally than to pirate it
Usually around once per day I read something on the internet that makes me feel old. Today this is it.
I stopped buying movie tickets when I finally got tired of the same old routine of walking to the same old theater, buying the same old bag of popcorn, and listening to the young people talk through the movie. I was getting older every year but the young people were always the same age. Now I stay home and pirate everything instead. It helps that I have no friends which explains my complete lack of peer pressure to stop watching movies targeted at millennials. Also I only listen to all of today's teen music. I'm sure my own cohort considers me a traitor, but I don't talk to people so I don't care.
I'd like to buy the rights to your life story to write a script for a major motion picture.
Thank you for not pirating.
OK, we will take that as a go ahead to publish the whole thing, with your permission, whoever you are. My God Copyright Holders are such push-overs! "You will give me credit?" "Well, it is your work." OK, whore me to the extent the even some dweed in San Diego will know who I am! "Are you willing to show him your armpits? That seems to be the thing for him. No actual physical contact necessary. Seriously.
I tell ya, kids these days. Back in the day you couldn't buy music online even if you wanted to, downloading a new song took considerably longer than it took to play it. Oh, and playing a MP3 slammed my Cyrix 6x86 with it's weak-sauce FPU so hard you really couldn't do anything else while listening to your newly pirated MP3.
A bit later we got MP3.com and I got a K6 and life was much better.