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    mp3 & aac licensing

    Does anyone know why I have to agree to terms to install mp3 and aac plugins?
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    Re: mp3 & aac licensing

    When you buy a track from iTunes, you have paid for a copy of a copyrighted work. This is separate from licensing issues surrounding patent-encumbered technologies that may be associated with the file format.

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    The point I am making is that Apple must have paid any other fees that allow their members to play the music.

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    Re: mp3 & aac licensing

    Not a support question. Moved to Cafe.
    Cheers & Beers, uRock

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    Re: mp3 & aac licensing

    Quote Originally Posted by javajeff1 View Post
    The point I am making is that Apple must have paid any other fees that allow their members to play the music.
    What makes you conclude this? DVDs do not contain patent licensing fees concerning the decoding and playback of the media. That cost is assumed to be borne by whatever playback device/software you use to play back the media. I am sure that the situation is identical here.

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    Re: mp3 & aac licensing

    Quote Originally Posted by Chronon View Post
    What makes you conclude this? DVDs do not contain patent licensing fees concerning the decoding and playback of the media. That cost is assumed to be borne by whatever playback device/software you use to play back the media. I am sure that the situation is identical here.
    Your logic implies that all companies with mp3 or aac players pay licensing fees. That includes Windows Media player, itunes, car stereo manufacturers, etc. I can understand that since Microsoft and Apple likely pay on the player side. I originally thought the fees were on the encoder side.
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    Re: mp3 & aac licensing

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3#Lic..._patent_issues
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advance...ng_and_patents

    Here are licensing rates for AAC:
    http://www.vialicensing.com/licensing/aac-fees.aspx

    I don't know how Foobar2k deals with these issues.

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    Part of the cost of most digital audio players is patent fees to Fraunhoffer et. al. for MP3 codec. The patent holders don't seem as aggressive against free (gratis) decoders, but do enforce patents against audio player manufacturers. (We are talking about patents in the USA.)
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    Re: mp3 & aac licensing

    Quote Originally Posted by Chronon View Post
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3#Lic..._patent_issues
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advance...ng_and_patents

    Here are licensing rates for AAC:
    http://www.vialicensing.com/licensing/aac-fees.aspx

    I don't know how Foobar2k deals with these issues.

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    Part of the cost of most digital audio players is patent fees to Fraunhoffer et. al. for MP3 codec. The patent holders don't seem as aggressive against free (gratis) decoders, but do enforce patents against audio player manufacturers. (We are talking about patents in the USA.)
    Wow! They're not greedy, are they!

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    Re: mp3 & aac licensing

    Foobar 2000 and Rhythm box would both qualify as free decoders then. I do not see how either website has a place for an individual to buy their own license. I think anyone would be willing to pay $1 for a license to play mp3 on Rhythm box.

    http://www.mp3licensing.com/royalty/

    If they go after the free stuff, they risk the format going away permanently. I could easily use ogg if some of my devices used it.
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    Re: mp3 & aac licensing

    You can buy a license for gstreamer-based codecs from Fluendo.

    If you think the miniscule number of people using "free stuff" represents any sort of threat to the dominance of patent-encumbered technologies like MP3, ask the next ten people you meet if they know what an "MP3" is. Then ask about "Ogg Vorbis" or "FLAC." They may not know exactly what MP3 means, but I'm betting most of them will have heard the term before. Ogg? Don't think so.
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