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2004-12-03, 12:25
I just read this today. Is there any chance I can dream of streaming
MP3-surround to my squeezebox player (which is hooked to a surround
receiver)?

http://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/amm/download/mp3surround/index.html

Or is it just too early to tell?

I can dream, can I?

Peter

kdf
2004-12-03, 12:48
Quoting slim (AT) vcooten (DOT) nl:

> I just read this today. Is there any chance I can dream of streaming
> MP3-surround to my squeezebox player (which is hooked to a surround
> receiver)?
>
> http://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/amm/download/mp3surround/index.html
>
> Or is it just too early to tell?
>
> I can dream, can I?

one small wrench, from the link you gave:
"The use of the software is only allowed for personal and non-commercial
purposes. For other use cases please contact our official MP3 licensing partner
THOMSON on www.mp3licensing.com. "

the current mp3 implementation of the squeezebox is in hardware, where the
license is already part of the cost. conversion to mp3 is done via lame, which
has thus far fallen into the grey area of standard mp3 licensing. newer formats
are another story. better dream might be FLAC-surround :)

John L Fjellstad
2004-12-03, 15:55
On Fri, Dec 03, 2004 at 10:17:47PM +0100, slim (AT) vcooten (DOT) nl wrote:
> I see your point, but won't stop dreaming :-)
> As I remember, in the beginning of the MP3 era, it was also Fraunhofer being
> quite strict in their licensing policy.
> That hasn't stopped others in using/developing MP3 format, with the results
> known.
> Why should this be different now? It's just a question of time I suppose.
> And hope.

You remember wrong. Frauenhofer wasn't strict at all in the beginning.
It wasn't until mp3 became the defacto standard for music encoding that
Frauenhofer decided to become more strict. Same story with Gif, Jpeg
etc. If Frauenhofer had been strict from the beginning, there wouldn't
a mp3 format as we know it (might have been a good thing, since Ogg
would had have a chance then).

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John L. Fjellstad
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