Today in Apple history: Revolutionary MP3 format gets its name

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The MP3 made the iPod possible.
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July 14 Today in Apple history July 14, 1995: The MP3 file format receives its official name as the new .bit file extension gets changed to .mp3. The technology allows compression of a standard CD .wav file to one-tenth its original size, courtesy of some smart algorithms.

The format will revolutionize the music industry — and put Apple on the road to world-conquering dominance.

End of an era: MP3 format officially dead

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The iPod played a big role in popularizing the MP3.
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The MP3, the iconic music compressions format partly popularized by the iPod, has been declared dead by its creators.

Licensing of the technology has been the responsibility of German company the Fraunhofer Institute. In a statement, the institute revealed that it is terminating licensing patents and software related to MP3. It’s the end of an era!

Remove DRM from iTunes and Apple Music to play your audio on any device

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This app converts audio files into MP3, removing their DRM restrictions so you can play them on any device.
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Download and convert YouTube videos for free with MacX Video Converter Pro

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Digiarty celebrates five years of creating great video download software with a fantastic free offer.
Digiarty celebrates five years of great video download software with a fantastic free offer.
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Amazon Snubs The App Store, Makes MP3 Store Available Through Mobile Safari

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Scosche Realm RH656 Headphones: Good Sound Without Fuss [Review]

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These Scosche Realm RH656 ($130) headphones compete in the same league as with headphones like the Beats (formerly Monster) Solo HD, the Incase Reflex and the Fanny Wang 1000 Series. These ‘phones have a lot in common: they have smallish earcups that sit on the ear, instead of over; they all have track and volume controls (remember though that the volume control won’t work on Android devices); and they’ve all had a dash of fashion added.

But there are some key differences too. And as you’re about to find out, the RH656 does pretty well against its competition.

Walkmanesque iPhone Accessory Converts Old Tapes To MP3s

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I'd actually buy one of these to use as a retro iPhone case.

 

Do you still own a collection of music stored on cassette tapes? Then I have some advice: STOP LIVING IN THE PAST! Those things’ll kill you eventually. If the wow and flutter doesn’t get you, or the ridiculous rewind times don’t drive you crazy, then the magnetic tape will probably spool out at nights and strangle you in your sleep. Probably.

But before you ditch those mix-tapes, you might want to transfer them to your iDevice. And wouldn’t you know it, but Hammacher Schlemmer will sell you a device almost as useless as your own (probbly perfectly-preserved) Walkman to do it.