Death of MP3: Will It Affect You?

It is not impossible to have a special connection with an audio format. For those who grew up in the 1990s up to the early 2000s, you would know that MP3s were the number one choice of a person when downloading and listening to music.

Whether you were burning them into discs or ripping a CD unto your computer, downloading them from iTunes, pirating them online, or simply transferring them from your friend’s audio device, it is without a doubt that MP3 had made the world go round – which is why it may be unsettling for you to have heard that MP3 is dead.








The good news about this is that it’s not! You don’t necessarily have to imagine some sort of audio format apocalypse because all of your locally stored MP3 files are safe and intact. You’ll still be able to rip music from CDs, and you’ll still be able to distribute the podcasts using the said format.

The MP3 begun in the late 1980s. Since its development by the Fraunhofer ISS, a company in Germany, MP3s have taken over the world. It is nearly ubiquitous when it comes to storing and playing music using the MP3 file format – it is a de facto standard. Simply ask any kid in the 1990s! If you have a piece of hardware or even software that can play an audio file, there is a high chance that it can play MP3 files. From the stereo of your car to the music player on your cellular phone, MP3 is everywhere.

Classic Case of Misinformation

The RIP MP3 headlines definitely were an example of a classic case of publications rewriting a company’s press release, without having to do their own research. It doesn’t take a lot of wit and energy to start a chain of fake news. First, a traditional publication takes the agency’s account at face value (even without questioning their motivation or need to spin a narrative). Eventually, they’ll make it worse by adding a click bait headline that is completely devoid of context for the purpose of attracting readers and increasing traffic.

Other, smaller publications then dive in for clicks, reading the story as it is, without doing any due diligence or prior research. In a couple of hours, your social media feeds will be filled with panic over the supposed death of a once powerful audio format, MP3.

As you may have noticed in the year 2017, this happens way too often. We live on a planet where we can’t even agree what the term “fake news” means. Misleading information and click bait titles are all we are up for because the mere goal of publications is simply to increase their traffic. This story is a lesson on how we, as readers, should do a bit of research on our own end before sharing articles with eye-catching headlines. Follow the source and simply try to weigh the motivation of both the source as well as the publication before you decide which to believe.


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