MP3 turns 10!
This day, 10 years ago, the famous MP3 audio compression technology was born.
On July 14th, the name â€œMP3â€³ celebrates its tenth anniversary. On this day back in 1995, the researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS decided to use â€œ.mp3â€³ as the file name extension for their new audio coding technology. Soon MP3 became the generally accepted acronym for the ISO standard IS 11172-3 â€œMPEG Audio Layer 3â€³.
The original email announcing this was written in German:
Subject: Layer3 file extension: .mp3
this is the overwhelming result of our poll: everyone voted for .mp3 as extension for ISO MPEG Audio Layer 3! As a consequence, everyone please mind that for WWW pages, shareware, demos, and so on, the .bit extension is not to be used anymore. There is a reason for that, believe me :-)
First time I encountered MP3s was the thru WinAmp, the premiere MP3 player way back in 1997. It was an uber cool thing then since you can pack hundreds of songs in your 540MB Seagate hard drive. IRC was still the primary source for sharing them.
On the sma ethought, WinAmp has gone a long long way. The earliest version I used then was WinAmp 1.5. View old WinAmp screenshots here (You can even download them and install!).