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?
I store all my music ass lossless audio files, either ripped from cd's, purchased online, or as analog recordings from vinyl/tape.That way I don't have to worry about bitrates or which lossy audio codec is the best. And I can convert my music to any new format that comes along without degradating it.
Excuse me, "as" lossless audio files. Sigh...