Received this one from Dr John Tankard. Info on a new version of MP3 compression that promises high quality from smaller files.
a new version of the file-squashing algorithm, called mp3PRO, is being developed by French electronics giant Thomson and Coding Technologies. The latter is an offshoot from the German Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits that developed one of the most popular MP3 encoders. The mp3PRO software will be free to anyone making non-commercial codecs but those looking to make money out of it will have to pay for a licence.
Thomson and Coding Technologies claim that mp3PRO produces CD-quality music at half the sampling rate of previous versions. The software is due to be ready by March and players that can use it should be on sale by the second half of 2001.”