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Opus / Re: Opus 1.3.1
Last post by Porcus -
All right, that is a point. 1990s called and wanted their MP3 back ...
Off-Topic / Tom Cruise says he doesn’t take days off because he’s “living the dream”
Last post by soundping -
The actor is currently promoting his latest film, Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel to Tony Scott’s 1986 action classic, in which he reprises his role as fighter pilot Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. He is also a producer on the blockbuster.

Speaking in a new interview, Cruise said his active career means he doesn’t take any time off, but he doesn’t mind being as busy as he is because he’s “living the dream” when he’s working.

“This is a day off for me, because I am not shooting,” Cruise told Bella magazine (via Contact Music), after being asked what he likes to do when he has a day off. “I’m just chillin’ now. I don’t have days off.”

Off-Topic / TikTok has changed music and the industry is hustling to catch up
Last post by soundping -
Tyler Colon played college basketball. He won an MTV reality show. He's tried podcasting, modeling, and acting. But in 2019, he got serious about pursuing music.

"After singing in my car for, like, six months for an hour and a half every single day, I released 'Stuck In The Middle,'" he said.

He put it up on TikTok under his stage name, Tai Verdes. At the time, he was working at a Verizon store.

"I saw other people like me that had no following end up on the radio," he said. "And when you see that happen multiple times because of one app, it's kind of like 'a-duh', you know what I'm saying? Like, why not?"

Before he knew it, he was fielding calls from presidents of record labels during his lunch break. He got a record deal, made a debut album, and is currently on a 22-city tour across America. "Stuck In The Middle" has been streamed well over 100 million times on Spotify.

TikTok has flipped the script on the music industry, and everyone from artists to analysts and even marketing bosses at the top labels are hustling to catch up.

Opus / Re: Opus 1.3.1
Last post by Aleron Ives -
IIRC there was some disagreement regarding whether Vorbis was truly unencumbered by patents, so perhaps Xiph simply wanted a clean break to ensure the next format would be indisputably open. As for any technical reasons why it made more sense to start developing Opus instead of continuing to improve Vorbis, I'm not qualified to make such an assessment. All I know is Opus uses some newer techniques (CELT, CELP, SILK), so maybe those techniques are so much better than the plain MDCT approach that Vorbis uses that improvements to Vorbis would not transfer over to Opus. Maybe a developer can give a definitive answer to your question.
Opus / Re: Opus 1.3.1
Last post by doccolinni -
And also, is this what awaits Opus itself as well? Opus likewise still has room for improvement, yet it seems the energy and pace of development has sort of lulled.
I suppose that's possible, but it seems like the momentum on lossy audio development has slowed overall, perhaps because it's reached the point of diminishing returns. Although AAC and Opus are superior to MP3, they don't even manage to reach a 2X compression advantage over MP3 if you're trying to reach transparency. HA listening tests indicate that 96 kbps AAC/Opus are very respectable but not quite transparent, whereas 128 kbps MP3 is very respectable but not quite transparent, either, at least as far as the test samples are concerned.

Compatibility is also a huge factor. I see no reason to use AAC or Opus at ~128 kbps when LAME V3 has essentially perfect compatibility and produces only slightly larger files.

Is it possible to come up with a new lossy codec that will achieve transparency on most material at 64 kbps? Maybe, but considering how fast Internet speeds are and how large hard drives have become, is there any point in trying to develop that codec when current lossy options are more than adequate?

Pretty much everything you've said provides all the more reason for me to wish you had addressed the first question I've posed in that post (as well as the elaboration of the rationale behind it in the 2nd paragraph), rather than the second one which was more of a rhetorical aside.