Meh. It sounds fine using modern encoders at the higher bitrates it is typically used at by most music stores today - indistinguishable for most from the source. Even expert listeners have trouble:
At lower bitrates, the distortion mp3 introduces becomes much more pronounced, regardless of encoder. But, even if you have a distaste for lossy compression schemes, singling out mp3 doesn't really hold water unless you explicitly make a distinction with respect to bitrates. And there are plenty of use cases where exacting quality simply won't matter. That's not to say I don't prefer FLAC and avoid MP3 when I can, but that's because I value having a pristine source that can be manipulated as I choose without negative consequence.
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From: Ted Kendall <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 01:41 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Mp3 is officially dead
> Except of course for the fact that it sounds horrible...
> On 16/05/2017 18:19, Eli Bildirici wrote:
> > Ha! As usual, follow the money. Fraunhofer's relevant patents on MPEG-1 Layer 3 audio are expiring - one of them already did back in April and the last two are out by the end of the year. They're winding it down now because soon enough a 'license' would be meaningless anyway and they want to move legacy customers on to the new hotness (preserving their revenue stream). That most news outlets, even specialized ones, are dutifully parroting the company line about 'obsolescence' is disheartening (even if the format has in fact been eclipsed in terms of efficiency by AAC and Opus). Expiring software patents = good news for everyone, and makes it more, not less, likely, by the way, that commercial services that use MP3 downloads will stick to it.
> > -------- Original Message --------
> > From: Rosie Rowe <[log in to unmask]>
> > Sent: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 12:26 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: [ARSCLIST] Mp3 is officially dead
> >> FYI:
> >> http://www.sciencealert.com/the-mp3-is-officially-dead-after-its-creators-abandoned-it
> >> iPhone's fault.
> >> Rosie Rowe
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