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2004-12-03, 14:17
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.

Offcourse, FLAC surround might be even better. I don't really care about the
format, the dream is just about streaming surround through the squeezebox in
the future...:-)

Peter


-----Original Message-----
From: kdf [mailto:slim-mail (AT) deane-freeman (DOT) com]
Sent: vrijdag 3 december 2004 20:49
To: Slim Devices Discussion
Subject: [slim] Making the Best even Better

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 :)

kdf
2004-12-03, 14:52
Quoting slim (AT) vcooten (DOT) nl:

> 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.

digital music was new then. now its considered a threat to the almighty profit
of the big record companies, and represents a fountain of money to those who
could seek to control a segment of the market. Losing control of your format,
means losing control of the money that this format could generate.

>
> Offcourse, FLAC surround might be even better. I don't really care about the
> format, the dream is just about streaming surround through the squeezebox in
> the future...:-)

The poitn with FLAC has nothing to do with the audio quality or anythign really
with the format itself, save for licensing. Its open source, and open for
anyone to use and share. That means if they were to make a surround version,
slimserver could use the codec and distribute it along with the rest of the
open-source server.

-kdf