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Why Continue MP3 Development Given AAC?
izscors
post Dec 16 2011, 18:10
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Please don't take this the wrong way, but I am curious why there is continued development of MP3 encoding (such as LAME) when AAC is now long-known to yield superior quality for a given bit-rate (all other things being equal)?

I can sort of understand an explanation as being for the heck of it, but given that a superior method exists, why not work on improving even that instead? I'm not technolgically sophisticated enough to comment with any authority at all, so I pose the question.
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post Dec 17 2011, 07:07
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The difference in quality is too small to justify the disadvantages, namely compatibility. MP3 plays virtually everywhere and giving that up for a minor increase in efficiency simply isn't worth it.

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- izscors   Why Continue MP3 Development Given AAC?   Dec 16 2011, 18:10
- - hlloyge   AAC is, as I learned, better at lower bitrates (96...   Dec 16 2011, 18:15
|- - izscors   QUOTE (hlloyge @ Dec 16 2011, 13:15) AAC ...   Dec 16 2011, 18:50
|- - hlloyge   QUOTE (izscors @ Dec 16 2011, 19:50) Is i...   Dec 17 2011, 13:42
- - saratoga   QUOTE (izscors @ Dec 16 2011, 12:10) I ca...   Dec 16 2011, 18:35
- - DVDdoug   As long as there is interest and demand, and as lo...   Dec 16 2011, 18:59
|- - izscors   I guess we have them both because there are styli...   Dec 16 2011, 19:28
|- - saratoga   Its not really clear to me what you expect to happ...   Dec 16 2011, 19:36
- - kode54   No, but perhaps some people may start to work on F...   Dec 16 2011, 20:23
- - kwanbis   QUOTE (izscors @ Dec 16 2011, 18:10) Plea...   Dec 16 2011, 23:04
- - kennedyb4   Some devices do not support AAC. My friend has a n...   Dec 17 2011, 03:25
|- - marc2003   QUOTE (kennedyb4 @ Dec 17 2011, 02:25) So...   Dec 17 2011, 11:06
|- - Elbart   QUOTE (marc2003 @ Dec 17 2011, 11:06) QUO...   Dec 18 2011, 10:23
||- - kwanbis   QUOTE (Elbart @ Dec 18 2011, 10:23) iPods...   Dec 18 2011, 18:07
|- - Glenn Gundlach   QUOTE (marc2003 @ Dec 17 2011, 02:06) tha...   Dec 18 2011, 17:36
- - onkl   The difference in quality is too small to justify ...   Dec 17 2011, 07:07
- - halb27   With today's cheap and huge storage capacities...   Dec 17 2011, 08:15
- - shakey_snake   Because we want to be tortured by id3 tagging fore...   Dec 17 2011, 15:14
|- - odigg   I know this response may make people think I'm...   Dec 17 2011, 17:45
|- - Soap   QUOTE (odigg @ Dec 17 2011, 12:45) I wond...   Dec 17 2011, 18:10
|- - odigg   QUOTE (Soap @ Dec 17 2011, 12:10) You don...   Dec 17 2011, 18:18
- - lvqcl   QUOTE such a focus on MP3 use and development? Ho...   Dec 17 2011, 18:21
|- - odigg   QUOTE (lvqcl @ Dec 17 2011, 12:21) How ma...   Dec 17 2011, 18:28
- - GHammer   I like MP3 because: I've used it since I star...   Dec 17 2011, 18:24
- - kennedyb4   I think it is very worthwhile to perfect where pos...   Dec 17 2011, 18:57
|- - izzyfinhaifa   QUOTE (kennedyb4 @ Dec 17 2011, 10:57) Bu...   Dec 18 2011, 14:19
|- - pdq   QUOTE (izzyfinhaifa @ Dec 18 2011, 09:19)...   Dec 19 2011, 05:38
|- - slks   QUOTE (pdq @ Dec 18 2011, 22:38) QUOTE (i...   Dec 20 2011, 06:43
|- - pdq   QUOTE (slks @ Dec 20 2011, 01:43) I have ...   Dec 20 2011, 13:33
- - marc2003   oh i know that. but you still have relatively few ...   Dec 18 2011, 11:57
|- - jukkap   QUOTE (marc2003 @ Dec 18 2011, 12:57) oh ...   Dec 18 2011, 15:18
|- - marc2003   QUOTE (jukkap @ Dec 18 2011, 14:18) All 3...   Dec 18 2011, 21:33
|- - MichaelW   QUOTE (marc2003 @ Dec 19 2011, 08:33) 3G?...   Dec 19 2011, 03:52
||- - marc2003   QUOTE (MichaelW @ Dec 19 2011, 02:52) Oh,...   Dec 19 2011, 12:47
|- - jukkap   QUOTE (marc2003 @ Dec 18 2011, 22:33) QUO...   Dec 19 2011, 09:10
|- - Porcus   QUOTE (jukkap @ Dec 19 2011, 09:10) I...   Dec 19 2011, 12:26
|- - probedb   QUOTE (jukkap @ Dec 19 2011, 08:10) I...   Dec 19 2011, 15:35
- - lvqcl   QUOTE (izzyfinhaifa @ Dec 18 2011, 17:19)...   Dec 18 2011, 14:32
- - Kujibo   I was once of the mindset many years ago that I wa...   Dec 19 2011, 02:19
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (Kujibo @ Dec 18 2011, 20:19) So fo...   Dec 19 2011, 18:51
- - Goratrix   I would only consider moving away from mp3 if ther...   Dec 19 2011, 15:30
- - jukkap   QUOTE (Goratrix @ Dec 19 2011, 16:30) I w...   Dec 19 2011, 20:59
|- - saratoga   As per our forum rules, if you are going to make c...   Dec 19 2011, 21:18
||- - jukkap   QUOTE (saratoga @ Dec 19 2011, 22:18) As ...   Dec 20 2011, 14:02
|- - kwanbis   QUOTE (jukkap @ Dec 19 2011, 20:59) AAC j...   Dec 19 2011, 22:18
|- - probedb   QUOTE (jukkap @ Dec 19 2011, 19:59) AAC j...   Dec 20 2011, 09:41
- - IgorC   jukkap While your AAC encoder is CBR (or "s...   Dec 20 2011, 14:16
|- - jukkap   QUOTE (IgorC @ Dec 20 2011, 15:16) jukkap...   Dec 21 2011, 11:59
|- - IgorC   QUOTE (jukkap @ Dec 21 2011, 07:59) Accor...   Dec 21 2011, 13:30
- - shadowking   Even 5 ~ 10 yrs ago the difference between aac and...   Dec 20 2011, 15:05
- - greynol   QUOTE (jukkap @ Dec 20 2011, 05:02) I am ...   Dec 20 2011, 18:33
|- - jukkap   QUOTE (greynol @ Dec 20 2011, 19:33) QUOT...   Dec 21 2011, 11:45
|- - spoon   QUOTE (jukkap @ Dec 21 2011, 10:45) I use...   Dec 21 2011, 13:08
|- - The Seeker   QUOTE (spoon @ Dec 21 2011, 13:08) Ok so ...   Dec 21 2011, 14:45
- - Engelsstaub   Some here are saying that MP3 is "universal....   Dec 20 2011, 20:06
|- - Nick.C   QUOTE (Engelsstaub @ Dec 20 2011, 19:06) ...   Dec 20 2011, 21:12
||- - Engelsstaub   QUOTE (Nick.C @ Dec 20 2011, 14:12) QUOTE...   Dec 20 2011, 21:45
||- - GHammer   QUOTE (Engelsstaub @ Dec 20 2011, 16:45) ...   Dec 21 2011, 03:48
||- - Engelsstaub   QUOTE (GHammer @ Dec 20 2011, 20:48) My n...   Dec 21 2011, 04:03
|||- - GHammer   QUOTE (Engelsstaub @ Dec 20 2011, 23:03) ...   Dec 21 2011, 04:47
||- - Soap   QUOTE (GHammer @ Dec 20 2011, 21:48) My n...   Dec 21 2011, 04:21
|- - Brand   QUOTE (Engelsstaub @ Dec 20 2011, 20:06) ...   Dec 20 2011, 23:18
||- - MichaelW   QUOTE (Brand @ Dec 21 2011, 10:18) Many P...   Dec 20 2011, 23:25
|- - onkl   QUOTE (Engelsstaub @ Dec 21 2011, 05:02) ...   Dec 21 2011, 09:38
|- - Engelsstaub   QUOTE (onkl @ Dec 21 2011, 02:38) ...so w...   Dec 21 2011, 10:19
|- - nu774   When coupling with H264, usually AAC is used (sinc...   Dec 21 2011, 11:42
- - IgorC   I have a question who really has performed ABX tes...   Dec 20 2011, 20:56
|- - halb27   QUOTE (IgorC @ Dec 20 2011, 20:56) ..... ...   Dec 20 2011, 22:00
|- - IgorC   QUOTE (halb27 @ Dec 20 2011, 18:00) Sure ...   Dec 20 2011, 23:45
|- - halb27   QUOTE (IgorC @ Dec 20 2011, 23:45) QUOTE ...   Dec 21 2011, 01:47
- - Woodinville   Well, there has also been a very nasty mess in the...   Dec 21 2011, 00:01
- - IgorC   Can You provide the results where You have compare...   Dec 21 2011, 02:59
|- - halb27   QUOTE (IgorC @ Dec 21 2011, 02:59) Can Yo...   Dec 21 2011, 10:42
- - nu774   Cell phones in Japan used to support AAC in 3gp/3g...   Dec 21 2011, 03:47
- - Engelsstaub   I was only wondering if it was possible. If it sup...   Dec 21 2011, 05:02
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (Engelsstaub @ Dec 20 2011, 23:02) ...   Dec 21 2011, 06:41
||- - MichaelW   QUOTE (saratoga @ Dec 21 2011, 17:41) Yes...   Dec 21 2011, 07:36
||- - saratoga   QUOTE (MichaelW @ Dec 21 2011, 01:36) QUO...   Dec 21 2011, 21:07
||- - Engelsstaub   QUOTE (saratoga @ Dec 21 2011, 14:07) ......   Dec 22 2011, 02:36
||- - MichaelW   QUOTE (saratoga @ Dec 22 2011, 08:07) On ...   Dec 22 2011, 06:33
||- - MichaelW   QUOTE (saratoga @ Dec 22 2011, 08:07) On ...   Dec 22 2011, 06:57
||- - Soap   QUOTE (MichaelW @ Dec 22 2011, 00:57) of ...   Dec 22 2011, 13:45
|- - greynol   QUOTE (Engelsstaub @ Dec 20 2011, 20:02) ...   Dec 21 2011, 06:55
- - greynol   Pretending Apple never came into play, you don...   Dec 21 2011, 08:38
- - IgorC   I mean the comparison of different versions of LAM...   Dec 21 2011, 11:33
- - spoon   Thanks, you have learned that to me now   Dec 21 2011, 14:48
|- - The Seeker   QUOTE (spoon @ Dec 21 2011, 14:48) Thanks...   Dec 21 2011, 20:28
- - db1989   I see what he did there…   Dec 21 2011, 20:38
- - shakey_snake   Glad to see my earlier comment went appreciated. ...   Dec 22 2011, 06:55
- - IgorC   Also Microsoft fully supports standards LC-AAC/HE...   Dec 22 2011, 14:08
- - hernaaan   Perhaps the one who started the topic wanted to sa...   Dec 22 2011, 14:58
|- - lvqcl   QUOTE (hernaaan @ Dec 22 2011, 17:58) peo...   Dec 22 2011, 15:59
- - nu774   I think there's some truth in "AAC=Apple...   Dec 22 2011, 15:55
- - apodtele   The virtue of MP3 is its simplicity compared to WM...   Dec 22 2011, 19:00
- - Soap   QUOTE (apodtele @ Dec 22 2011, 13:00) The...   Dec 22 2011, 19:26
|- - kwanbis   QUOTE (Soap @ Dec 22 2011, 19:26) Dare I ...   Dec 22 2011, 19:38
|- - Soap   QUOTE (kwanbis @ Dec 22 2011, 13:38) QUOT...   Dec 22 2011, 19:43
|- - kwanbis   QUOTE (Soap @ Dec 22 2011, 19:43) And dar...   Dec 22 2011, 21:02
- - greynol   QUOTE (apodtele @ Dec 22 2011, 10:00) The...   Dec 22 2011, 20:30
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