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posted by martyb on Thursday May 04 2017, @01:52AM   Printer-friendly
from the lets-party-like-its-1999 dept.

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?


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  • (Score: 2) by Soylentbob on Thursday May 04 2017, @06:03AM (2 children)

    by Soylentbob (6519) on Thursday May 04 2017, @06:03AM (#504213)

    Those wacky Germans. What will they invent next?

    Ftfy :-)

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  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by aristarchus on Thursday May 04 2017, @06:40AM (1 child)

    by aristarchus (2645) on Thursday May 04 2017, @06:40AM (#504224) Journal

    Death to Fraunhofer, or Fraunhopper. Did I not just read, that the largest Hooters has been shut down? And I asked my self, first, how could you have a restaurant that only appealed to suckling youth, and then I thought, how could the largest Hooters be of interest, but then I discovered both the Wall Street Journal, and Big Boobs and Tits, (limited). Of course, as all Americans know from South Park, Germans are not only into Fine Articles on SoylentNews, but this is the time on SPROCKETs when we dance. [cue, the ogre dude, you know, layers, onions, with the donkey friend: Shrek.)

    • (Score: 2, Interesting) by cafebabe on Thursday May 04 2017, @02:06PM

      by cafebabe (894) on Thursday May 04 2017, @02:06PM (#504316) Journal

      how could you have a restaurant that only appealed to suckling youth

      The corkage fee makes it quite profitable.

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