[Icecast] Frauenhofer signing off on mp3, ogg stream player for Macs?
thatjackelliott at kpov.org
Wed May 17 00:33:04 UTC 2017
Encoding not being part of Icecast, I reckon this is indeed off-topic;
but to close the thread, it does seem to be the case that mp3 encoding
is now license free.
"MP3 is supported by everything, everywhere, and is now patent-free.
There has never been another audio format as widely supported as MP3,
it's good enough for almost anything, and now, over twenty years since
it took the world by storm, it's finally free."
That Jack Elliott
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Host, The Sunday Classics
On 5/15/2017 9:26 PM, Ross Levis wrote:
> Rather off topic, but I wonder if this means MP3 encoding is now licence free and encoders can be included in commercial software with no licence.
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> Subject: [Icecast] Frauenhofer signing off on mp3, ogg stream player for Macs?
> Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits has stopped providing licenses for MP3 technology, "[...] noting that more superior audio formats have rendered the MP3 obsolete. Speaking to National Public Radio (USA), the Fraunhofer Institute said AAC has since become the 'de facto standard for music download and videos on mobile phones.' "
> This raises a point I wanted to ask about. Icecast supports mp3 (it's the current lowest-common denominator for media players, yes?) and ogg.
> I'd like to send a higher-fidelity stream from our music festival remotes, but ogg isn't an option because the station's media player, iTunes (running on a Mac) doesn't support ogg.
> Is there any work being done to support AAC in Icecast? Oh, wait. Use of AAC in an encoder requires paying a licensing fee. Drat.
> So we have mp3 (free, sounds crummy, everything plays it) and ogg (free, sounds better, but does anyone know of any programs for Macs that can play an ogg stream?)
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