Tagged With mp3

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When the MP3 first came out in the 1990s, it was a revolutionary digital audio coding format that significantly reduced the file size of audio content. It dropped sizes by 95 per cent. This changed the culture around listening to music: People could carry a massive number of songs on a small device instead of lugging around physical CDs.

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MP3, the digital audio coding format, changed the way we listen to music and drove the adoption of countless new devices over the last couple of decades. And now, it's dead. The developer of the format announced this week that it has officially terminated its licensing program.

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Dear Lifehacker, I know the norm nowadays is to simply carry large amounts of music on your phone for every occasion, but there are times when I'd much prefer to just have a dedicated MP3 player and save my phone's battery and memory for other things. What are the best options out there for dedicated MP3 players that are easy to use and reasonably priced?

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The music industry is notorious for attempting to repeatedly persuade consumers to pay out money for "special editions" of the same content: remasters, deluxe box sets, alternate takes and iTunes exclusives abound. But when we reach the stage when an MP3 rip of performer's own vinyl copy of their record has become a saleable item, the shark hasn't just been jumped: it has been reduced to mincemeat.

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Once the Beatles signed up, Australian hard rockers AC/DC were the biggest major act holding out from selling their music on iTunes (or in any other digital music store). That changed today, with AC/DC finally realising that if rock and roll ain't noise pollution, you might as well make money while the download sun shines.

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Dear Lifehacker, I'm tired of Spotify and I want to move back to buying music. iTunes has a great selection, but will I still be able to play those songs if I switch away from Apple products? Would another service or physical CDs be better? And do artists make more money at one store than another? Help! Thanks, Tricky Tunes

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Dear Lifehacker, I was on the verge of buying another iPod (my fourth) when I stopped myself. Of my three previous iPods two have been irreparably damaged by relatively minor things, not to mention the usual issues that come with iPod territory. Is my best choice to get another iPod or are there other options that I just haven't considered because I'm brainwashed to think they're the ONLY mp3 player worth getting these days? Thanks, PodPerson

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The music industry has changed a lot in the digital era. We have legal digital stores, streaming services, blogs and artist-curated websites dishing out free music all the time. It's easier than ever to create a massive music library without spending any money. Here's how to do it.

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iOS: The Metro-styled music player Track 8 has received an update to make it universal. This means the once iPad-only music app is now compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch. Alongside the universal update the app now also supports AirPlay.

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Cassette tapes aren't exactly the highest quality audio, but if you have a few rare tracks that you can't buy on CD (or a few homemade cassettes you want to back up for posterity), CNET shows how to easily record them to an MP3 file with Audacity.

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This week the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) released its annual wholesale figures, indicating how much money the music industry is turning over and where it comes from. Turns out the future isn't quite as filled with MP3 files as you'd think. Here are 10 notable lessons from the data.