and Internet Threat
has replaced ''sex" as the most looked for word on the Internet.
But, what exactly is an MP3, and how much of a threat is it to
the music recording industry?
(MPEG-1, Layer 3) is a codec, or compression/decompression format,
that enables users to download and save their favorite music tracks,
record from their CDs, or share these recordings with friends
online. The technology was first introduced in 1993, and recently
more and more users are using this simple technology to trade
their music freely and often illegally. The RIAA (Recording Industry
Association of America) unsuccessfully sued Diamond Multimedia
for their creation of a portable MP3 player, the Rio player, because
it violated the Audio Home Recording Act.
MP3 is not the only digital audio format on the market. Others
include Liquid Audio and a2b, more advanced MPEGs developed by
AT&T and Microsoft.
more recent models follow certain format standards developed by
the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) founded by members
of the RIAA, these standards might have come too late. Music is
spreading itself into more and more mediums that are becoming
harder and harder to control. Ericsson has even developed a cell
phone with an MP3 player attached that can connect to the Internet
and play music through a headset.