To many people "MP3" = "compressed music", as in a lot of people will call their portable media player an "MP3 player", even if they don't actually use the MP3 format itself.
How are things now though? (I stopped being involved with online radio in ~2012 or something)
Although, how relevant is MP3 these days?
There are lots of new, current devices that support MP3 as their only relevant format: Stock car stereos. I have a car that is less than 8 months old and it only supports MP3, WMA and WAV. As WMA and WAV are out, MP3 is the only real choice. It's not only one manufacturer, I've seen several other makes of new cars with the same limitations.
This FLAC with 50% lossless "WAV compression" is fully sufficient for all semi-professional usage I think ^^
You cannot DJ, even semi professionally, with FLAC files. Or any other Lossless compressed format either.
...successfully circumvented by some ethical software developers...
Quote from: 2tec on 15 May, 2015, 10:22:09 AM...successfully circumvented by some ethical software developers...Interesting use of the term "ethical". In food supply, "ethical" usually means giving more money to the source (i.e. those who actually grow the food), but you think in the world of software "ethical" means giving less money to the source (i.e. those who actually invent the idea)? (Yes, I'm being intentionally provocative )I agree though that mp3 provides a great case study in how well (or otherwise) "software" patents work. There must be whole PhDs waiting to be written on that one. My bet would be that patents increase revenue for those who hold them (duh!) but in some circumstances the revenue is maximised by making parts of the chain available freely to certain user bases. In other circumstances I bet revenue is maximised by milking all parts of the chain, in as much as possible while abiding by FRAND and open-standards rules of various industry groups which are the gatekeepers to success in certain markets. Cheers,David.