A retraction on the “death” of MP3

In a post in May, I wrote: “The patents which gave [Fraunhofer] revenue have barely expired on the format, and they’ve suddenly decided that MP3 is dead.” It appears that I fell for fake news, and I apologize. On rechecking, I’m unable to find any direct attribution of that claim to Fraunhofer.

NPR asserted that they made that claim but didn’t back it up with any citation or quote. The Telegraph did the same. The headline is “Creators of the MP3 declare it dead,” but the article provides no substantiation of that claim. Ditto for CNBC.

I could claim the excuse of trusting major news outlets, but I should have noticed that they all failed to substantiate their headlines. I’m sorry.

See also How-To Geek.

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