If you were born in the late eighties or nineties, you must have moved to the MP3 revolution that made us get rid of Walkman and cassette tapes and turn into a new digital music format that allows you to store a huge amount of songs in a small space. MP3 now has officially ended.
This is not to say that millions of songs and audio tracks stored on your device will stop working, but we will not find more licenses to use MP3 in the future and the world will go more to adopt another format with advanced features.
The Fraunhofer Institute of Integrated Circuits has been credited with creating MP3 audio formats.
This means that we will not find more digital devices running music in MP3 format or more uses of patents in this format.
It can be said that this is an expected end for several reasons, the most important of which is the creation of an audio file format that offers better sound quality at a lower bit rate, as well as the availability of large storage capacities removed the problem of increasing the file size for each song.
MP3 and its huge popularity will continue for years to come, but today we are seeing a break with the official acknowledgment of the need to adopt another format such as AAC, which allows more features and higher sound quality, but its problem is not as easy to use and adapt as MP3.
The Fraunhofer Institute of the German Research Institute, which invented the MP3 file format in the late 1980s, also contributed to the invention of the new AAC format.