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Wall St. Journal/Canoe.com: Tech Industry Aims to Render MP3 Obsolete

Apr 12, 2001, 14:04 (32 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Reuters)

"MP3, a popular format for downloading music from the Web, is encountering competitive pressure as leading technology companies such as Microsoft Corp. work to subtly wean consumers away from the technology."

"...Microsoft, for example, plans to severely limit the quality of music that can be recorded as an MP3 file using software built into the next version of its personal-computer operating system, Windows XP. But music recorded in the Redmond, Wash., software company's own format, called Windows Media Audio, will sound clearer and require far less storage space on a computer." "RealNetworks Inc. of Seattle also is encouraging consumers to use proprietary software formats, such as its Real Audio 8, though RealNetworks' listening software can accommodate a variety of different formats, including MP3 and Microsoft's. Other formats gaining popularity are based on the relatively new Advanced Audio Codec created by AT&T Corp. of New York, Dolby Laboratories Inc. of San Francisco, Sony Corp. of Japan, and the Fraunhofer Institut Integrierte Schaltungen in Germany."

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