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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: 1) by toddestan on Friday May 05 2017, @02:41AM

    by toddestan (4982) on Friday May 05 2017, @02:41AM (#504651)

    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.