Beatnik Squeezes Music Into Ten Times Less Space
May 29, 2007, 1:25 PM by (staff)
Beatnik, the technology company founded by Thomas Dolby, today announced a new audio format for mobile devices. The format can reduce the size of a song up to ten times more than MP3 can by taking parts of the song that are used more than once and only including one copy in the file - calling up that musical phrase where it is needed after that. Beatnik is proposing that including support for this musical format in future phones would allow carriers to offer over the air (OTA) track downloads to users of entry level or 2G phones, and not just 3G subscribers. Beatnik has developed a music player for handsets in addition to the file format, so that carriers could quickly roll out support for it. They expect to announce carriers and manufacturers who will launch the format in about a month.
I'm suprised no one else mentioned this, but...
This was released 10 years ago...kinda.
Basically it was a glorified MOD player. Essentially a MOD is a file which designates what sound loop plays when and at what frequency/musical note. So this was released ten years ago! I'm sure they've updated the tech a bit, hence I added on that "...kinda."
Although really, we should just all be using Ogg Vorbis--and open audio format that isn't patent encumbered. Read that as, "My cell phone was less expensive...
I think it would take A LOT longer than most people would consider using. So it seems the innovation here i...
sounds like the old MOD format
Justin Timberlake "Sexy Back" now 10kB?
riddle me this?