A new ‘enhanced, unified media format’ called MusicDNA is seen by some industry observers as the successor to the currently dominant MP3 format. MusicDNA combines audio with extensible metadata including audio analysis, manual annotations, business intelligence, and virtually any type of additional multimedia.
BACH Technology is the company behind this new digital music format, and according to the company the next fundamental transition in digital music will be based on richer metadata and true metadata portability. “MusicDNA represents a significant step in the evolution of the digital music experience,” BACH said.
“With MusicDNA, BACH is delivering a new metadata future for digital music that is open, compatible, rich, and portable, seamlessly implemented via the open MPEG-7 format,” the BACH website states. “MusicDNA enabled files contain a far greater number of descriptors than standard digital audio files. This allows music to be tagged with a wide range of attributes ranging from tempo, instrumentation, mood and even colour, this metadata creates completely new options for search, recommendation and playlist generation.”
According to MYCE MusicDNA could be used by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to combat online music piracy. “The trade group has been reluctant to embrace digital music — instead filing lawsuits against accused file sharers — but they are slowly catching up to the times.”
The patented digital audio encoding format MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, better known as MP3, is widely used by consumers to store and share digital music and other audio files. It was approved as an ISO/IEC standard in 1991 and has become the de facto standard of digital audio compression for the transfer and playback of music on digital audio players.
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