As much as this popular audio format has touched and changed our lives, it is time for us to move on.
With today’s technological advancement, it is without a doubt that something will be replaced by something better. In this case, MP3 formats are dead. It would be nice to step back from this music streaming era and go back to a time when everything was as simple as downloading a song in MP3 format.
The MP3 format is one of those audio technologies that are being replaced with something better. A lot of people may argue that it is a good thing MP3 formats are being replaced; however, some may have mixed feelings towards the change. Some may even say that one can be emotionally attached to an audio format which has been around since the mid-1990s. But if we are going to face the facts, MP3 audio formats are just terrible.
MPEG-1 Audio Layer III, or as we all know it, MP3, is an old codec for today’s standards. It was introduced to the public in the 1990s and quickly became popular. MP3 can be described as “lossy” or “psycho acoustic” codec. The codec is the amalgamation of compression and decompression.
When we talk about the psycho acoustic part, we talk about the ways it can reduce the file size to eliminate those unwanted frequencies that humans don’t really need. When we talk about lossy codec, it means that the file loses information to make the compression more efficient.
When MPEG-4 arrived, it meant that the people had found a standard format for any audio file or video that can be widely implemented without a single company being the sole owner of the said technology. When MPEG-4 came out with AAC, also known as “Advanced Audio Coding,” technology just got better. Still, AAC is still considered as a psycho acoustic, but with much higher fidelity than that of an MP3 audio file. In reality, most people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the CD version of a song and its AAC-encoded version at, let’s say, 128 kbps.
Furthermore, there is a wide number of the population that still uses MP3 format. Since MP3 allows you to have an audio file that is about 1/10 of the file size than that of a CD, those who prefers MP3 are those who prefers to have more audio tracks than the quality of the music.
As our cellular phones have been replaced by a much highly advance technology for playing music, so does MP3 audio formats. In today’s setting, the expectations are high, and MP3’s lousy quality and file size aren’t enough for it to survive in today’s fast technological pace.
If you’re an audiophile, AAC at 128 or even at 192 kbps, 16-bit, stereo, 44.1 or even 48 kHz isn’t enough. Eventually, your ears will be able to tell the difference between quality regarding the encoded consumer audio file and the original recording.