In the late s, one of the original portable music file formats -- the MP3 -- was causing quite a bit of bother mainly due to user's illegal sharing over Napster. While MP3 eventually prevailed, there is an even better choice for high-quality music downloads, and it's playable on your favorite device. It's even in your music streams. FLAC files are available for roughly the same price as the equivalent MP3 in online stores and sound much better. To see where FLAC has come from and where it is headed, you only need to look at the history of its "lossy" predecessor. Though MP3. Yet when the iPod was released in , it helped to legitimize the format, and today MP3s are now sold by most online music stores. Disclosure: MP3.
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Originally defined as the third audio format of the MPEG-1 standard, it was retained and further extended — defining additional bit-rates and support for more audio channels — as the third audio format of the subsequent MPEG-2 standard. A third version, known as MPEG 2. In regard to audio compression the aspect of the standard most apparent to end-users, and for which it is best known , MP3 uses lossy data-compression to encode data using inexact approximations and the partial discarding of data. This allows a large reduction in file sizes when compared to uncompressed audio. The combination of small size and acceptable fidelity led to a boom in the distribution of music over the Internet in the mid- to lates, with MP3 serving as an enabling technology at a time when bandwidth and storage were still at a premium. With the advent of portable media players , a product category also including smartphones , MP3 support remains near-universal.
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