What does MP3 stand for? MP3 players are incredibly popular today; it seems almost everyone is walking around with ear buds. Yet so many people are unclear about the technology behind their favorite music and video player. How is this tiny piece of equipment storing thousands of songs?
MP3 stands for Mpeg-1 audio layer 3 (as if that clears anything up). To break this down further, MPEG stands for Motion Picture Experts Group, the name of the group that set guidelines for compressing video files. In short, the term MP3 represents the shrinking of video and audio files into the tiny files that you listen to on your iPod.
We can thank the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Institute in Germany for the development of MP3s. A research group there, led by Karl-Heinz Brandenburg, is responsible for coming up with technology that made compressing music and video files possible. Because of their work, which essentially removed any sound outside of the range which human ears can hear, our music can be listened to at just about the same level of quality. Although we don't notice the difference between music before it is compressed and afterwards, doing so allows much more to fit on your computer and, in turn, MP3 player.
Keep this information in mind. You never know when a little bit of MP3 trivia is going to come in handy.
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