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Defining MP3

MP3 is short for MPEG-1 (Moving Picture Experts Group-1), layer 3, and is a name for a family of standards developed to covert audio, film, and video information to a compressed digital format. MP3 is the means both to store and recover information. An MP3 player can be either a computer program on your machine or software built into a dedicated device. What the player does is reconstruct music from the digitally encoded, compressed format. It decompresses the information.

MP3 was invented under the sponsorship of the Motion Picture Experts Group (MPEG) by a leading organization of applied research in Germany. The company, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (FhG), was the company originally involved in MP3 development (and still holds key patents ...

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