Digital challengers to MP3 format face high hurdles

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 1:56 am

The Motion Pictures Experts Group, otherwise known as MPEG, will meet this month in Germany to consider making a new digital audio format called MT9 an international standard.

Developed by the South Korean company Audizen, the MT9 format — commercially known as Music 2.0 — splits an audio file into six channels, such as vocals, guitar, bass and so on. Users playing the track can then raise or lower the volume on the different channels like a producer on a mixing board, to the point of isolating a single item.

According to the Korea Times, its inventors say the new format will replace MP3 as the standard for all digital music. But certain music industry realities stand in the way of their goal.

From a technical perspective, replacing MP3 with a new digital music standard would be rather easy. Digital retailers in a matter of months could refresh their entire database with music containing the new format — just as Napster and Wal-Mart quickly switched from digital rights management to non-DRM formats.

But to do so, these retailers would need their label partners to provide them with music encoded in the new format, meaning that all the major labels and the host of independents would need to one day agree to start using a new technology to sell their music.


One Response to “Digital challengers to MP3 format face high hurdles”

  1. James Says:

    Hey Aviran,

    just to let you know, iKlax is also going to be in Germany at the MPEG meeting.

    iKlax has been developed into a multitrack audio format enabling to have an unlimited (virtually) amount of tracks in one song.

    Best is to try it out to compare:
    software & tracks

    About iKlax
    The iKlax format is a multi-track digital audio format allowing various actions on musical data, for instance on mixing and volumes arrangements.

    Within this new interactive system for listeners, it is fundamental to note that the iKlax technology allows artists to set constraints limiting the artistic changes to their work, by the listener.

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